Red Sox P Matt Barnes ejected after throwing at Manny Machado

Posted May 04, 2017

Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado avoids being hit by a pitch thrown by Boston Red Sox's Matt Barnes during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Baltimore.

The pitch almost hit Machado in the head - and actually hit his bat behind him, resulting in a foul ball - and Pedroia seemed none too happy at the initiative Barnes, who immediately was ejected, had taken.

"Obviously, I felt pretty good at the beginning and then one inning got away from me", Wright said.

Machado had spiked Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday night sliding into second base. Machado's spikes clearly went high on Pedroia, but he immediately apologized and checked on Pedroia.

He noted that he had observed a dugout conversation after Rodriguez's three inside pitches against Machado, then later on someone throws at Machado. You don't have to be a master lip-reader to figure out that he was telling Machado he did not agree with his teammate's decision.

Barnes certainly sounded honest when he publicly apologized to Machado during his postgame interview in the Red Sox clubhouse.

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But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis thought the fastball was intentionally directed at Machado's head.

The Orioles' 6-2 loss before 35,522 at Oriole Park was overshadowed by Machado, just as the first game of the series was. "If you're going to protect guys, you do it the right away". He just made a bad slide.

"I wasn't expecting anything, no", Machado told reporters Sunday of retaliation.

Pedroia: "That's not how you do that".

Machado ended up making the last out, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel, who got his seventh save. There's zero intentions of him trying to hurt me. I really respect the courage our players had today. I love watching him.

Boston manager John Farrell - who on Saturday called the league office to discuss about what he called "an illegal slide" by Machado - insisted Barnes' wayward pitch was nothing more than an accident.

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Barnes denied he was trying to hit Machado, but everyone knows otherwise.

"They think I'm the villain".

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Orioles are -125 money line favorites versus the Red Sox, who have odds of +115 to pull off the upset in Baltimore. "I love playing against him". "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".

WHERE'S THE OFFENSE? The Orioles were stymied by left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who didn't allow a hit for the first four innings.

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