February 4, 2004 |
Just weeks before Phillies pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Vicente Padilla's agent yesterday quickly dismissed claims made by a Nicaraguan newspaper that Padilla has a serious drinking problem. The headline in Monday's El Nuevo Diario, one of the principal newspapers in Managua, Nicaragua's capital, read: "Vicente Padilla is destroying himself. " "There have been stories about Vicente on many occasions," said Rudy Valenzuela, Padilla's agent. "I've been around Vicente many times.
September 19, 2007 |
Texas Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla was suspended yesterday for seven games and Athletics outfielder Nick Swisher was given three games for an incident that occurred in the first inning of Sunday's game in Oakland. The former Phillie was suspended for intentionally throwing at Swisher, who charged the mound. Both players also received undisclosed fines, a decision made by baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson. Swisher began his suspension yesterday. Padilla appealed his suspension.
July 6, 2006 |
So much for his sore groin. New York righthander Mike Mussina shook off his minor injury to become the first pitcher in American League history to win 10 games for 15 straight years as the visiting Yankees bounced back from a historic loss with an easy win, 11-3, over the Cleveland Indians last night. One day after a 19-1 pummeling by Cleveland, tying the second-most lopsided defeat in their famed history, the Yankees looked much more like themselves. Mussina (10-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six sharp innings.
December 14, 2005 |
It's a fresh start for Vicente Padilla. That's his hope, anyway. The Texas Rangers introduced Padilla, the former Phillies righthander, yesterday at a news conference. They acquired Padilla on Monday in a trade with the Phillies for a player to be named. The Phils are deciding between two players: righthander Ricardo Rodriguez or minor-league infielder Julio Gonzalez. They could announce their choice next week. "I'm excited about pitching here," Padilla told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
October 11, 2003 |
The Phillies said pitcher Vicente Padilla is OK after being in an automobile accident in Nicaragua that killed a close friend of his Thursday night. Padilla, 26, spoke yesterday afternoon with Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and told Amaro that he had been knocked around, but was otherwise fine. Padilla had flown to his native Nicaragua on Thursday from Miami, where he had been since the Phillies' season ended Sept. 28. Padilla and his childhood friend, Abraham Flores, were heading from Managua to Padilla's hometown of Chinandega when Padilla's BMW apparently went off the road - possibly hitting something - and rolled over.
June 2, 2008 |
Ozzie eruption The loquacious Ozzie Guillen was in midseason form yesterday after his White Sox lost their third straight to Tampa Bay, saying Chicago general manager Kenny Williams should make some changes. "It could be me. It could be [hitting coach] Greg Walker, the players, anybody," Guillen told the Associated Press. "I'm sick and tired watching this for a year and a half. I'm not protecting anybody anymore. " Including, apparently, himself. Ouch During the 12-game losing streak that ended Saturday night, the Kansas City Royals gave up three grand slams, lost a five-run lead in the ninth, were no-hit, and were swept in consecutive four-game series.