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Padilla looks to rebound vs. Sox

Padilla looks to rebound vs. Sox

Vicente Padilla lost his first game of the season, falling to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 8-3, on Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

But manager Ron Washington was happy with the way his No. 2 starter threw the ball and Padilla was happy with the way his arm felt. That was a concern, because Padilla had battled some elbow stiffness in Spring Training. But that was not a problem on Tuesday.

"I felt good and my arm felt good," Padilla said after allowing six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Now the entire country will get to see how Padilla feels when he pitches against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with Padilla pitching against Curt Schilling.

The national television audience will get to see something else: cold weather in Texas.

There were some initial reports that there might be some snow in the forecast for Sunday in Arlington. But now the game time temperature is forecast for 52 degrees and clouds.

That's not exactly the way Padilla likes it. He is a native of Nicaragua and one of the reasons why he re-signed with the Rangers is he loves the hot weather.

Padilla, who also pitched for Arizona and Philadelphia, has a career record of 10-14 with a 4.04 ERA in April and a 9-13 record with a 4.99 ERA in September.

But he gets better as the weather warms up. He is 13-11 with a 4.50 ERA in May, 13-7 with a 4.05 ERA in June, 9-8 with a 3.72 ERA in July and 12-9 with a 3.38 ERA in August.

How he deals with the cool weather on Sunday will be one of the story lines of the game. But it's not getting any better anytime soon. Padilla's next start is scheduled for next weekend in Seattle and the temperatures there are expected to be in the 50s as well.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Vicente Padilla (0-1, 11.57)
Padilla makes his first start of the season at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where he was 8-5 with a 4.80 ERA in 17 starts last year. He was 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox last year and is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA against them in his career. Manny Ramirez is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in his career against Padilla, while J.D. Drew is 6-for-14 with a home run.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (0-1, 11.25)
The big right-hander had an uncharacteristic lack of command on Opening Day, giving up eight hits and five runs over four innings of a 7-1 loss. It was Schilling's shortest start in a Boston uniform. The Rangers represent a good opportunity for Schilling to bounce back. He is 4-0 with a 3.82 ERA in eight lifetime appearances against Texas. Last year, Schilling was 2-0 against the Rangers with a 3.86 ERA.

Player to watch
Sammy Sosa is hitting .327 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in 52 career at-bats against Schilling. The only player with more career home runs off Schilling is Barry Bonds, who has eight. Schilling has struck out Sosa 21 times.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• ESPN

On radio
• 1080 KRLD AM, 1270 KFLC AM (Español)

Up next
• Monday: Devil Rays (RHP Edwin Jackson, 0-0, 5.45 in 2006) at Rangers (RHP Brandon McCarthy 0-1, 4.50), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Tuesday: Devil Rays (RHP Jae Seo, 0-0, 7.11) at Rangers (RHP Jamey Wright, 6-10, 5.19 in 2006), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Devil Rays (RHP James Shields, 0-0, 4.05) at Rangers (RHP Robinson Tejeda, 1-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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