Padilla: Teixeira might 'be better off playing a woman's sport'

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Padilla: Teixeira might 'be better off playing a woman's sport'

Vicente Padilla fired back at Mark Teixeira Saturday night, telling NESN.com in an interview conducted in Spanish that the Yankee first baseman would "be better off playing a woman's sport" if he can't handle the pressure of playing the major leagues.

"In this sport, as competitive ball players, we get pretty fired up," said the Red Sox reliever. "So I think, maybe, Teixeira picked the wrong profession. I think he'd be better off playing a women's sport."

Padilla and Teixeira have a long history of animosity, dating back to 2005 when Padilla (then pitching for the Phillies) hit Teixeira (who was playing for the Rangers) with a pitch after Teixeira hit two home runs off him. They had more problems as teammates in Texas in 2006 and '07, and after Teixeira hit a game-winning triple off Padilla Friday night, the Yankee first baseman said Padilla "doesn't have a lot of friends in the game." He also accused Padilla of deliberately throwing at batters. (Padilla has hit Teixeira three times over the years.)

On Saturday night, Padilla answered back.

"The problem is he talks about all the wrong things that others have done, but the things he's done -- against the Latinos on the Rangers -- he doesn't open his mouth about," Padilla said. "He once threatened me and said he was going to hit me with a bat, and that's when we were playing on the same team.

"And then, he also had problems with Frank Francisco, our closer back then. But he doesn't talk about that, does he? Then, of course, he goes on and makes those comments about me."

As for why Teixeira would resurrect the feud, Padilla said: "I just think he's scared to face me. I don't throw at people to hit them on purpose. I throw inside, and I've always thrown inside. It's not my problem if the ball hits someone. I'm worried about throwing strikes, and I'm going to keep playing my game."

First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

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First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:

 

The Red Sox continue to use Fenway as their own little offensive playground.

Since April 20, the Red Sox are averaging exactly eight runs per game at home. That's just over a month of the covering 18 games.

They've also collected 10 or more hits in 16 of those 18 games, utilizing every bit of the field.

For the last two seasons, Fenway stopped being a tough place to play for opponents. But at home this year, the Sox have outscored opponents by 67 runs.

 

All of a sudden, the Red Sox are a triples team and Fenway is a triples haven.

A triple by Christian Vazquez - of all people -- gave the Red Sox a league-high 13 triples this season.

Fenway has a reputation for being a doubles park, but the ballpark has been home to 12 triples in 26 games - five by visiting teams and seven by the Red Sox. That translates into almost one every two games.

 

David Price was solid, but not spectacular.

The positives: Price got through the seventh inning for the fifth time this season. He walked just one and fanned six in seven innings.

He was hit hard a few times, with a homer into the visitor's bullpen allowed to Charlie Blackmon and a triple to the triangle for Carlos Gonzalez.

Consider it another step forward for Price, but it fell far short of dominant.

 

Koji Uehara's deception is heightened against teams that don't see him much.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu, but then fanned three in a row, finishing each hitter off with his trademark split-finger fastball.

That pitch can be tough to recognize for hitters who see it a few times per season. For those in the National League who are largely unfamiliar with Uehara's splitter, it's apparently some sort of Kryptonite.