Padilla feels good after first outing


Padilla feels good after first outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Vicente Padilla is an intriguing candidate for the No. 5 spot in the Red Sox rotation.

After missing most of last year with a series of injuries, Padilla is healthy again and his stuff can be impressive.

"I feel good," said Padilla, with help from teammate-translator David Ortiz. "I've been working hard and I'm right where I like to be."

Making his Red Sox spring debut Monday night, Padilla pitched two scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins, showing a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, and his infamous slow curve, which he throws about 50-55 mph.

"I throw it when, in my mind, it's the last thing the hitter is thinking about," said Padilla. "I have good velocity on my fastball, (and when I throw the slow curve), I try to make the unexpected happen."

Padilla has pitched in relief at times -- and was briefly Don Mattingly's closer at the start of last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers -- but his clear preference is to start.

"As a starter, I feel better because I use more of my pitches," said Padilla. "I've (mostly) been a starter. But I'm (open) to whatever. I want to help this ballclub one way or another."

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.