Texeira rips Padilla


Texeira rips Padilla

BOSTON -- Not many people fire up Mark Teixeira quite like Vicente Padilla. And following the 10-8 Yankees win on Friday night, in which Teixeira drove in the eventual winning run off Padilla with a seventh-inning triple, the Yankees first baseman ripped the Red Sox reliever for his history of throwing at hitters.

"He doesn't have a lot of friends in the game," said Teixeira after the game. "But, it was just a big win against an arch-rival, and the first game of a long series. We know it's going to be a very tough series. It feels good to get this first one."

Their history dates back to 2005, when Teixeira -- while with the Texas Rangers -- hit two home runs in his first two at-bats of the game against Padilla -- who was then pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. In Teixeira's third at-bat of the game, Padilla hit him with a pitch.

The two were also teammates in Texas in 2006 and 2007, and had an uncomfortable encounter when Teixeira had to ask Padilla to stop purposely going after opposing players, because Teixeira thought that he was receiving most of the retaliation from opposing pitchers.

Then, when Teixeira was with the Yankees in 2009 and Padilla was still with the Rangers, Padilla hit Teixeira twice in the same game, causing Teixeira to lose his cool while heading down to first base.

On Friday night, with the Red Sox holding a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine brought in the right-hander Padilla to face the switch-hitting Teixeira, with runners on first and second and one out.

That one out came the at-bat prior, as big lefty Andrew Miller struck out Robinson Cano.

"I didnt care about the personal stuff and I knew Teixeira was 2-for-10 with a couple of home runs," said Valentine the game "But that wasnt this year with the way Padillas been throwing."

Teixeira said that he wasn't even expecting to see Padilla in that spot.

"I didn't even really notice Padilla warming up, because I was worried about Miller throwing 97," said Teixeira. "I mean, this guy's a big lefty, throwing 97, just struck out Cano. I wasn't even thinking that they were going to bring in somebody else. So I was kind of getting in my right-handed mode, to think about how I was going to hit against Miller. I was very surprised that they brought in Padilla."

Padilla came in, and this time, Teixeira was able to get the last laugh, as he ripped a 3-and-2 pitch into the triangle in center field, scoring two runs and giving the Yankees an 8-7 lead with a one-out triple.

Given the history of the two, still, Teixeira was "100 percent" convinced that Padilla wasn't going to throw at him in that spot.

"He's not going to want to mess around in this at-bat," said Teixeira. "Almost every at-bat he tries to throw at your head or tries to throw behind you or something screwy. But, with first and second and the game on the line, he's not going to do it then. So, I could actually dig in and look for a good pitch to hit.

"He's been pitching really well, too. So, I don't think he's going to be messing around there. It was definitely one of those at-bats where I knew I was going to get a pitch to hit.

"If no one is on, and if they have a three-run lead, then yeah, I'm probably thinking he's going to try to mess round and do what he does," he later added. "But in that situation, I don't think he's trying to put any more players on. He's not trying to let the runners advance. The game's on the line there. he's trying to get outs."

The triple started a four-run inning that ended up being the deciding factor. And when first asked about how much more satisfying it was to get that big of a hit off of Padilla, Teixeira gave the politically correct answer.

"I don't hit a lot of triples," he said. "I had a triple and a stolen base today. I don't think that's ever happened. I'll have to look at the Elias Sports Bureau for that one. But, it was just a big hit. It didn't matter who it was off of. It was a long game, and when you have a chance to win the game, it's just always a good feeling."

But when asked again, he admitted to that triple being even sweeter, coming against Padilla.

"A little bit. I mean, the guy throws at people," said Teixeira. "The fact of the matter. I'm not saying anything that's news. It is what it is. I've always just been someone that wants to play the game the right way. You play hard, but you don't play cheap. And, I've always just kind of lived that way too. Some guys decide to take matters into their own hands.

"In the NFL, he'd probably be suspended by Roger Goodell eight games or a whole season. But this is baseball."

While it wasn't the first time Teixeira had words for the way Padilla goes about his business on the mound, it sounds as if his passion for the subject won't make it his last.

"There's only one guy in baseball," said Teixeira. "No one else does this. That's the thing that's unbelievable to me. No one else in baseball does this. Whether he's changed his ways or whatever, I hope he does. And that's great, because he's a good pitcher. The guy's got really good stuff. And it'd be nice to just talk to him as a baseball player, not as someone who throws at people."

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
Rob Whalen RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
Brian Johnson LHP 

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

BOSTON -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third win in a row for Rodriguez (4-1), who gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

"I just go out there and pitch," Rodriguez said. "I'm never really thinking about numbers. I just go out there and throw my pitches and do the best I can do."

That effort is producing one of the best stretches of his three-year career.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span. He hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings and only 11 runs in his last 49 1/3 innings. His ERA is just 2.01 over that same period.

"He was amazing," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "Put zeroes on the board all night long. And he made the big pitch when he needed to."

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Manager John Farrell said his 24-year-old pitcher is in a "very good place" right now.

"He was powerful tonight," he said. "It's just a matter of his abilities coming together. This has always been an extremely talented young guy. We've talked about his maturity, we've talked about his progression. It's been on display here for a good number of starts consecutively."

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs.

"The whole night obviously wasn't consistent," he said.

Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help defensively. Bradley had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBIs in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners manager Scott Servais said they are doing everything they can to find production from an offense that has gone missing.

"Offensively, we struggled to put innings together. That's kind of been the story here for the last week or so, we just haven't gotten the line moving at all, for whatever reason," he said. "Guys are frustrated by it, we all are. We know we're better than that, offensively. It's not happening right now."

Seattle was held scoreless for the fourth time this season.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his first major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.