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Padilla pitches well in return from injury

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Padilla pitches well in return from injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Vicente Padilla returned to game action Saturday for the first time since suffering a slight hamstring strain last Monday.

Padilla pitched an inning of relief in the Red Sox' 10-5 drubbing by the Philadelphia Phillies.

He retired the Phils in order in the eighth inning, getting two flyouts and a groundball.

"I thought he did well,'' said bench coach Tim Bogar. "His leg feels good. I asked him after he came out and he said his leg felt great. I thought he located the ball well. I felt like he was attacking the strike zone and doing the things he was supposed to do.''

Because of the injury and the time lost, Padilla has been ruled out of the competition for the rotation, but he's very much in the running for one of the remaining bullpen spots.

Also, lefthander Rich Hill, recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched an inning in a simulated game, allowing a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 20 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Hill is hoping to return to the Red Sox by early May, some 11 months after his surgery.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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