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Keeping the rivalry heated

Teixeira had blast against Padilla

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / July 29, 2012
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NEW YORK — There is little actual anger in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry these days. Long gone is the time when Carlton Fisk fought with Thurman Munson and it has been eight years since Jason Varitek fed Alex Rodriguez his catcher’s mitt.

But Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira genuinely don’t like each other.

Once teammates in Texas, Padilla has since hit Teixeira three times with pitches and brushed him back several other times. Teixeira has said Padilla deserves to be suspended.

Earlier this month, Padilla fired back.

“In this sport, as competitive ball players, we get pretty fired up,” Padilla told NESN.com. “So I think, maybe, [Teixeira] picked the wrong profession. I think he’d be better off playing a women’s sport.”

Teixeira laughed off that comment. The two met again for the first time since then in the eighth inning Saturday night.

Padilla missed twice with fastballs then threw Teixeira a looping eephus curveball for a strike. The next pitch was a fastball and Teixeira hammered a home run to right field to tie the game at 6.

“It was very exciting. It felt good. I didn’t want to miss a fastball,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira admired his blast, pausing long enough to make Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirez proud. Was revenge on his mind? “Absolutely not. I’m just trying to tie the game,” Teixeira said.

Padilla would not comment on his outing.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine knew that Teixeira had twice homered off Padilla earlier in his career and on July 6 had a three-run triple off him. Valentine said he considered a switch but had faith in Padilla.

“He’s a very aggressive pitcher. Sometimes you’re going to get hit. I want him to stay aggressive in the strike zone,” Valentine said after the Sox answered with two in the ninth for an 8-6 win. “He missed his location with Tex and he’s a great hitter and made him pay for it.”

He’s at home

Terry Francona was at Yankee Stadium Saturday morning to gather information for Sunday night’s ESPN telecast.

That research included him pulling up a chair in the Red Sox clubhouse and grabbing a bat. What started as a conversation with Cody Ross ended up including Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Nick Punto, and even bench coach Tim Bogar for a time.

The gathering lasted about 30 minutes and included plenty of laughter before the Sox took the field for batting practice.

It was a bit awkward, the team’s former manager grabbing a chair in the clubhouse and holding court while the new manager, Valentine, was across the hall. Until Saturday, Francona had been careful to limit his time around the Sox in such settings.

Francona then spent time in the hallway outside the clubhouse talking to Gary Tuck, the team’s taciturn catching instructor and bullpen coach. Francona and Tuck likely spent more time talking Saturday than Tuck and Valentine have all season.

Bailey throws again

Andrew Bailey tossed a two-inning simulated game in the morning, throwing 15 pitches, taking a short break and then throwing 10 more.

The righthander faced Pedro Ciriaco and Daniel Nava and looked sharp. He threw all his pitches and had better command of his fastball than he did Wednesday when he threw live batting practice.

“I felt good. Each and every time out, it’s going to get better,” Bailey said. “You can’t ever [simulate] game situations. Be looking forward to the next step.”

Bailey, who has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, has been cleared to start a minor league rehab assignment Monday with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Valentine said that Bailey would need to clear several hurdles before being activated.

“It’s a process,” Valentine said. “Weeks. At least weeks.”

Progress for Dice-K

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has twice been on the disabled list this season, is ready to try pitching again. The righthander has thrown several times in the bullpen and reported no lingering pain in his right trapezius muscle. He will start a rehabilitation assignment Monday with Triple A Pawtucket . . . Righthanded reliever Scott Atchison pitched an inning for Pawtucket Friday night and gave up three runs. He had unexpected soreness in his arm Saturday. “He didn’t feel so good this morning when he woke up,” Valentine said. “I don’t think there’d be anything imminent with him [being on] the major league roster.” Atchison was on the DL with a strained forearm . . . Daniel Bard, who has been with Pawtucket since June 5, has thrown four scoreless innings in his last four appearances, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. “I think he’s getting close [to returning to the majors],” Valentine said. . . . Former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame Friday at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan. Morgan, 81, was part of a class that included former Yankees player and manager Gene Michael and former Yankees pitcher Jeff Nelson.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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