Papelbon On Warming Up in Visitors' Pen at CBP: 'They May Know Your Kids Name, Your Wife's Name'

Papelbon On Warming Up in Visitors' Pen at CBP: 'They May Know Your Kids Name, Your Wife's Name'

We haven't heard a lot about the Phillies pricey new closer, Jonathan Papelbon, in the first few days of spring training down in Clearwater but he did sit down with Jim Salisbury recently and shared his thoughts on being excited about pitching in front of the Citizens Bank Park faithful while wearing a Phillies uniform.

My favorite soundbite from the former Red Sox closer was about the fans above the bullpen out in Ashburn Alley.

"It's different than any other stadium, I will say that. They're definitely on you," Papelbon said. "They know your name. They may know your kid's name, your wife's name, and everybody you know. The fans are very smart and that's what I enjoy about Philadelphia."

Way to do your research, Philly fans! You sick, sick people.

Here's a more in-depth look of Papelbon adjusting to his new team:

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.