Padilla pitches well in return from injury

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Padilla pitches well in return from injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Vicente Padilla returned to game action Saturday for the first time since suffering a slight hamstring strain last Monday.

Padilla pitched an inning of relief in the Red Sox' 10-5 drubbing by the Philadelphia Phillies.

He retired the Phils in order in the eighth inning, getting two flyouts and a groundball.

"I thought he did well,'' said bench coach Tim Bogar. "His leg feels good. I asked him after he came out and he said his leg felt great. I thought he located the ball well. I felt like he was attacking the strike zone and doing the things he was supposed to do.''

Because of the injury and the time lost, Padilla has been ruled out of the competition for the rotation, but he's very much in the running for one of the remaining bullpen spots.

Also, lefthander Rich Hill, recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched an inning in a simulated game, allowing a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 20 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Hill is hoping to return to the Red Sox by early May, some 11 months after his surgery.

Pats' triumph over Rams makes Brady winningest QB in NFL history

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Pats' triumph over Rams makes Brady winningest QB in NFL history

FOXBORO -- An otherwise mundane 26-10 dispatching of the Los Angeles Rams Sunday by the New England Patriots was made historic by Tom Brady.

PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10

The victory was Brady's 201st as a starting quarterback in the NFL -- 1797 regular-season wins, 22 in the playoffs -- and made him the winningest quarterback in league history. Coming into the game he had been tied with Peyton Manning at 200 wins.

"I'm grateful to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends," Brady said. "I've been fortunate to have been on some great teams . . . [And] it's always been about winning."

More to come . . .