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.

Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. White Sox

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Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. White Sox

Finally, the Boston Red Sox have released their lineup, less than an hour before Thursday's game against the White Sox.

They were waiting on Jackie Bradley Jr. to take batting practice before deciding on whether he can play after jamming his finger on Wednesday. He will be in the lineup and he's batting ninth.

The full lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Henry Owens LHP

WHITE SOX
Adam Eaton RF
Henry Rollins SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Avisail Garcia DH
Carlos Sanchez C
Austin Jackson CF

Erik Johnson RHP

Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

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Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

Major League Baseball is reportedly set to release more PED testing results, but Mike Felger is growing increasingly more confident in the fact that David Ortiz is clean. He's passing all the tests, isn't he?