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Bailey picks up a save for fans

Reliever says team has ‘very intelligent fan base’

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon made some disparaging remarks about Red Sox fans on Thursday, telling a Philadelphia radio station that Phillies fans understood baseball better. Andrew Bailey respectfully disagreed on Friday.

“Growing up a Phillies fan, they’re great, too. But so far the Nation is pretty good,’’ said Bailey, whom the Red Sox acquired to replace Papelbon as the closer. “There’s no reason to cause drama from my perspective. Your fans are the ones who go out and support you. For me, I loved them all . . . The Red Sox have a very intelligent fan base.’’

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