Column: Tex gets revenge on Padilla

July, 7, 2012
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Mark Teixeira is the Jack Armstrong of baseball players. He is the All-American boy, so he even seethes with a smile.

But even he couldn't hide a little extra glee about delivering the final blow Friday night off maybe the most hated pitcher in baseball, Vicente Padilla, in the latest Boston marathon between the Yankees and Red Sox.

Teixeira and Padilla have a seven-year feud going -- a feud that began with two Teixeira homers, and entering Friday's game included eight outs, four walks, three hit by pitches, and, from Teixeira's point of view, a whole lot of head-hunting.

"The guy throws at people, fact of the matter," Teixeira said after his two-run seventh-inning triple gave the Yankees the lead in their 10-8 win over the Red Sox. "I'm not saying anything that is news. It is what it is. I've always been someone who wants to play the game the right way. You play hard, but you don't play cheap. I've always lived that way, too. Some guys decide to take matters into their own hands. In the NFL, he would probably be suspended by Roger Goodell eight games or a whole season. This is baseball."

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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