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Bobby Valentine defends Vicente Padilla

Vicente Padilla #44 of the Boston Red Sox

Vicente Padilla #44 of the Boston Red Sox wipes the sweat off of his face after being pulled from the game against the New York Yankees. (July 6, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Vicente Padilla, pilloried after Friday's game by Mark Teixeira, wasn't in the clubhouse before Game 1. Bobby Valentine defended his reliever, whom Teixeira had ripped for throwing at batters. Said Valentine, "What I've seen, he's been a terrific teammate. He's been a guy who's taken the ball every day that we wanted him to.''

Tags: Bobby Valentine , Vicente Padilla , Boston Red Sox , New York Yankees

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