28 April, 2017
Following anger at Baltimroe third baseman Manny Machado's slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia's knee, Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes threw a fastball in the eighth inning of Sunday's game that almost hit Machado square in the head.
ORIOLES 4, RED SOX 2: In Baltimore, Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop homered in succession off knuckleballer Steven Wright, and Jayson Aquino won his first big league start as Baltimore won its fourth in a row.
The ball thrown by Barnes hit Machado's bat and was ruled foul after a lengthy discussion between the umpires.
During Farrell's argument with Fletcher, Pedroia was standing on the top step in the dugout and whistled to catch Machado's attention.
The Orioles starter escaped a two-out, bases-loaded jam unscathed in the second inning when Ramirez flew out to deep centerfield.
It was unclear whether Pedroia twisted the knee.
The Boston Red Sox came into the weekend hoping to make an early statement in the American League East and instead are wondering what happened to the offense that led the majors in runs last season.
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I'm inclined to believe Machado did not intentionally spike Pedroia and try to hurt him. The skipper said they will re-evaluate Sunday and decide when Price throws next.
When asked for his own thoughts after the play, Pedroia said: "I'm not the baseball police, man".
"People are going to think what they want, " Barnes said, and that is probably the only thing he said that anyone can be certain is true.
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Machado's slide, intentional or not, only adds more fuel to the fire.
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Pedroia: "If that was me, we would have hit you the first day".
Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed to downplay the incident after the game with his take on the situation.
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But all you had to see to know what was on the Red Sox's minds was the group of players and coaches huddled around a computer screen and watching a frame-by-frame replay of Machado's slide.
"I just said, 'Thanks for reaching out,"' said Pedroia, who was replaced by Marco Hernandez at second base Saturday. Love playing against him. By comparison, the Red Sox are at.272.
Manny Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia in the calf while sliding into second base.
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Pedroia reportedly texted Machado after the game, too. "At this point it warrants a further look".
Machado ended up making the last out of the game, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel, who got his seventh save.