Report: Vicente Padilla to meet with Red Sox


Report: Vicente Padilla to meet with Red Sox

Don't let it be said the Red Sox are leaving any stone unturned in their search for starting pitching depth.
According to a newspaper in Nicaragua, team doctors met Thursday with former big-leaguer Vicente Padilla. The 34-year-old right-hander had season-ending surgery in June to repair a bulging disc in his neck, but MLB Trade Rumors reported that he was throwing in the mid-90s in the Dominican Republic this winter.
Padilla has been a starter for most of his career, though the Dodgers used him solely in relief prior to last June's operation He has a record of 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA in a 13-year career that has taken him from Arizona to Philadelphia to Texas to Los Angeles. His career WHIP is 1.373.
His best seasons, at least as far as victories are concerned? He went 15-10 for the Rangers in 2006, and had three seasons with 14 wins: 2002 (14-11) and 2003 (14-12) for the Phillies, and 2008 (14-8) for the Rangers.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”