Pitch at Manny Machado's head sparked a heated exchange with Dustin Pedroia

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 29, 2017

In the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's one-sided contest, reliever Matt Barnes came up and in with a pitch that went so far behind Machado's head that the pitch actually struck his bat, which was behind his shoulder.

Dustin Pedroia didn't want to see the eighth-inning pitch from teammate Matt Barnes fly up near the head of Manny Machado, just missing his helmet and instead hitting his bat for a rather risky foul ball.

Pedroia could been seen saying, "That's not me, that's them", implying he was angry that Barnes' pitch had gone behind Machado's head in the eighth inning.

Pedroia and Machado exchanged texts after the game as they did two nights before.

Barnes was ejected by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher, and after both dugouts yelled at each other, Machado took first base with manager Buck Showalter guarding him.

Machado ended up making the last out, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel, who got his seventh save.

"Obviously, putting yourself in a hole right out of the gate is not how you want to start off a game". Everyone saw the replay, they know on that slide, that's on them whatever happened today.

"He's not trying to hit Manny in the head", Pedroia told reporters after the game. "It's definitely a mishandled situation". Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head.

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. Machado acknowledged Pedroia and later pointed to his head. With Eduardo Rodriguez set to oppose Kevin Gausman in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 9 runs.

"I would say when you're facing one of the best hitters in the major leagues, you've got to try to get him a little uncomfortable in the box", Barnes said.

"People are going to think what they want", Barnes said. "I love playing against him".

"We would've hit you first at-bat yesterday". I really respect the courage our players had today.

The Red Sox also seemed to take their anger out on Manny Machado two days after his hard slide knocked Pedroia out of the series.

After four straight wins and a 12-4 record, the Orioles were punchless.

So while it appears the two players actually involved in the incident were ready to let things go, the unwritten rules of baseball demanded an eye for an eye - and almost got it with Barnes' dangerously high pitch.

First baseman Chris Davis led off the fifth with the Orioles' first hit, a single to right.

Xander Bogaerts celebrates Mookie Betts' first-inning home run. On Sunday, he allowed five earned runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings and is now 1-2 with a 7.50 ERA.

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