Red Sox 2B Pedroia (knee, ankle) out of lineup again

Boston Red Sox's Marco Hernandez prepares for an at-bat during a game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore Saturday

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.

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. Pedroia injured his left knee and ankle on the play and needed to be helped off the field.

Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher immediately ejected Barnes for intent to hit Machado. It's baseball. I get drilled, I go to first base. As it turned out, it was incredibly smart to leave him in as he was the only source of offense for the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Red Sox manager John Farrell called Friday's outing "very encouraging". They're also just 2-8 in their last 10 road games when facing a right-handed starter and are 1-6 in their last seven road games when playing a team with a home winning percentage of greater than.600. This was a ideal opportunity to get going, and besides Bradley and to a lesser extent Leon, they couldn't.

Since there are no lie detectors in baseball, it's impossible to know with complete certainty whether a pitcher is lying when he says he never meant to throw at a player.

Machado said he and Pedroia are on good terms. "There was zero intention of (Machado) trying to hurt me". Pedroia even apologized to the Orioles.

Aquino (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to earn his first career victory. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head. "I don't want to go out there and hurt someone".

First-place Baltimore won two of three games in Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Boston's second baseman nursing his injury.

Machado - who had homered earlier to give the Birds an insurance run - slid into second base as Dustin Pedroia was reaching out to field a throw, and his cleats made contact with Pedroia's leg. If he just slid into the part of the base that I gave him, he'd have been safe. The lefty led off the inning by walking Gentry and was able to erase the baserunner on a 6-4-3 double play.

Before the drama, the Red Sox got back to their blueprint heading into the season.

Mitch Moreland also had a home run for the Red Sox, who came in with a major-league low eight home runs.

Boston is 5-1 in their last six Sunday games, and 1-7 in Rodriguez's last eight starts in game three of a series.

Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton took issue with Pedroia's apparent in-game apology to Machado, describing Pedroia's "it's not me" message regarding Barnes's decision as "even more frustrating".

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

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

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