Valentine defends Padilla after Teixeira comments

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Valentine defends Padilla after Teixeira comments

BOSTON -- A day after New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira ripped into Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla for his past history of intentionally throwing at hitters more than anyone else in baseball, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine defended his pitcher, who Teixeira said "doesn't have a lot of friends in the game."

"From what I've seen, he's been a terrific teammate," said Valentine on Saturday. "He's been a guy who's taken the ball every day that we've wanted him to. And other than yesterday, and I think one other time, he's been outstanding in leaving runners right where they were when he came into the game."

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.