Teixeira and Padilla • 07.29.12
Mark Teixeira and Vicente Padilla have a history and it isn’t a good one.
The latest chapter was written in the eighth inning Saturday night when Teixeira sent up a tying two-run homer to right off the Red Sox reliever, then walked very slowly out of the box, watching the ball fly out. Let’s start this off by saying that there was no way that ball was going to go foul since it was headed closer to the bleachers than the pole.
“I just want to make sure it was fair,” Teixeira said after the Yankees’ 8-6 loss, clearly not wanting to admit how much he enjoyed sticking it to Padilla. “The balls had been hooking a lot tonight. Curtis (Granderson) hit a few that hooked. So I didn’t want to waste a lot of energy running out of the box if that ball goes foul. It’s been a long day. But it felt good.”
Teixeira has accused Padilla of throwing at batters. He has been hit by Padilla three times. After Padilla gave up a big triple to Teixeira earlier this month, Teixeira had some unflattering words about him. Padilla then accused Teixeira of threatening him with a bat when they were Texas teammates and of having problems with Hispanic players, and said Teixeira should try “a women’s sport.”
Teixeira said he has no reason to try to clear the air with Padilla.
“There’s no problem,” Teixeira said. “If he hits me again, there might be a problem. But until then, we’ll just play baseball.”
Here are Teixeira’s career numbers now against Padilla: 4 for 12 with three homers.
It has been a big July for Teixeira. He has 27 RBI, his second-best total in a calendar month as a Yankee. He also owns 18 RBI in eight games vs. the Red Sox. Only Roger Maris has driven in more runs for the Yankees against Boston since 1960, knocking in 19 in 1961.
Game 73: Yankees at Dodgers • 06.25.10
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia LHP
LHP CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.68)
Sabathia vs. Dodgers
Rafael Furcal SS
Russell Martin C
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Matt Kemp CF
James Loney 1B
Casey Blake 3B
Jamey Carroll 2B
Vicente Padilla RHP
RHP Vicente Padilla (1-1, 6.67)
Padilla vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Jerry Crawford, 2B Chris Guccione, 3B Brian O’Nora
WEATHER: I know this is shocking information, but the weather is really nice in Los Angeles. Temperatures in the 70s
MANNY BEING MANNY: In their careers, the Dodgers have actually hit pretty well against CC Sabathia. As a team — this roster, not all-time — they have a .337 batting average and a .594 slugging percentage against him. A lot of that damage has been done by Manny Ramirez, who is a career .571/.609/1.286 slash line against Sabathia.
NOT THE BEST OF FRIENDS: There are two players who Vicente Padilla has hit with a pitch three times in his career: Andruw Jones and Mark Teixeira. As you might remember, Padilla drilled Teixeira in his final two plate appearances the last time these two faced each other.
ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD: Tonight’s National Anthem is being performed by Flea and Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve liked the band from afar for a while, but never got especially into them. I know mostly their radio stuff. I did always really like the way John Frusciante played. Don’t know much about this new guy except that he toured with them as a second guitarist for a while. I’m sure he can play.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: I loved the anthem. It might not have been the most respectful version ever performed — Flea’s green hair was on display for part of it — but it was mostly traditional in terms of the notes themselves. They were just played through a haze of feedback. Also, Pau Gasol threw out the first pitch, then walked to his seat behind the Yankees dugout like a conquering hero. Everyone in the stadium seemed to want a high five.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Ramirez really owns Sabathia. Two-out single scores Furcal and gives the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Here’s our first Yankees Suck chant of the night.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Rodriguez’s first at-bat, the Dodgers had Robinson Cano’s picture on the big screen. Conspiracy!
By the way, Rodriguez doubled to right.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Brett Gardner struck out to end the second inning, but not before Jorge Posada tied the game with an RBI single to right. We’re even at 1.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Yankees had a chance here in the third inning. Jeter got to third with one out, but Granderson flied out, Teixeira walked and Rodriguez struck out to leave him stranded. Still tied.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Gardner just struck out swinging for the second time in two at-bats. That hasn’t happened to him very often this season. Still tied after three and a half.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: The Yankees need to score some runs — obviously — but Sabathia looks awfully good so far.
UPDATE, 11:47 p.m.: Sabathia had every reason to plunk Padilla there, but he actually seemed to apologize when Padilla got to first base. Both teams have been warned. By the way, Padilla stared down Sabathia. For the record, I don’t think Sabathia was too worried.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Another home run for Rodriguez, his second in three games, has put the Yankees in the lead 2-1.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Brett Gardner get in an umpire’s face like that. He was positive he was safe. The replay showed a very, very close play. When I saw it live, I thought he was safe, but it was about as close as a play can get.
UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: Some things never change with Ramirez. That’s an E-7, and it had E-7 written all over it from the time the ball left the bat.