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."

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.