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Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Boston's Matt Barnes ejected after pitch sails behind Manny Machado

Boston's Matt Barnes ejected after pitch sails behind Manny Machado

Machado, rightfully, was peeved, while Matt Barnes apologized, sort of. "If they tell me, 'Don't do this or that, ' I'm going to listen to them because they've been around the game and they've seen things I haven't seen".

Bundy gave up a leadoff single in each of the first three innings, and each time he avoided damage with a double-play ball. Manny Machado, the team's best player, has struggled from the plate and is only hitting.200 on the season.

Farrell was so angered over Machado's action that he called the league office, seeking clarification about the rule created to protect infielders from late and aggressive slides.

Farrell didn't take kindly to that jab and said he merely was answering questions about why players were absent from the lineup.

"I was really impressed with the courage that our guys showed today because they all, believe me, trust me, wanted to do something about it. Takes a lot more sometimes to do that", Showalter said. "I think anytime you see a pitch up around the head, it's a risky pitch". Manager John Farrell ambled out to the mound to get the ball from the Red Sox lefty after he tossed 5 ⅓ innings of one-earned-run ball. "Intentionally or not you don't want to get hit in the head", Machado said.

"I had nothing to do with that". You know that. It's not me. I'm sorry to him and his team. It's an ugly and risky part of the game and it's something that needs to go away immediately. Definitely, [a] mishandled situation. When asked about the play after Friday nights game, the 11-year veteran didn't seem to pleased with the play. He just made a bad slide. He did hurt me.

Pedroia said Machado sent him a text after the game, offering an apology.

"Because he's the leader of that clubhouse and if he can't control his own teammates, then there's a bigger issue over there", Britton told the Baltimore Sun after being told about Pedroia's eighth-inning exchange with Machado.

Pedroia hasn't played since the injury, and it wasn't a shock that the Red Sox would retaliate.

On the first pitch from Kelly, Machado drove a triple to center field that scored Adam Jones and cut Boston's lead to 6-1. Pedroia ended up injuring his ankle, and he has missed the last two games as he awaits an MRI.

While hitting Machado after he sidelined Pedroia was a foregone conclusion - with it appearing as though Eduardo Rodriguez attempted to execute the act in the sixth inning - the pitch from Barnes was out of line. I know that the infielder has to make a clear attempt at a double play, which Pedroia wasn't able to, but if he's going to get cleated anyway then the rule is failing. I love Manny Machado. That's baseball, man. I'm not mad at him.

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