In reality, they both use the same quotes, and the AP story also acknowledged that "Francona said it’s possible" Papelbon could end up as the closer in 2007 anyway, but that the possibility is remote. I blame the AP’s headline writers, though it’s easy to see how they got confused, considering Francona also said, "It’s not happening." Perhaps we do need a Titoese translator — "He won’t be closing before he is closing."
So Papelbon as 2007 closer? Case still open. Maybe.