Red Sox Pitcher Throws At Manny Machado's Head

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Reliever Matt Barnes was ejected from the game in the eighth inning after throwing a 90-mph pitch behind Machado's head. Intentional or not, Machado made a bad slide, his foot high in the air. "Um, I'm sorry that it kind of ended up that high and fortunately it didn't not hit him but I think he's got every right to be mad that that one got loose". If I slid into third base and got Manny's knee, I know I'm going to get drilled. If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away.

"I would never intentionally throw at someone's head". "But I'm just thankful to the Orioles for this opportunity and allowing me to start a game at the major league level".

"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.

Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Orioles when he was spiked in the left calf by Manny Machado.

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. Machado acknowledged Pedroia and later pointed to his head.

Pedroia was held out of both games this weekend after Machado's slide.

Although Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to protest the ejection, the intent of the pitch was so obvious that any argument to the contrary does not even need to be considered. Machado apologized with a text message on Friday night, but that evidently wasn't the end of it.

"That's not how you do that", Pedroia told reporters. He mouthed the words "It's not me", evidently trying to show he was not seeking revenge.

Gausman settled down in between, retiring 11 of the next 14 batters after Ramirez's homer, but that was a small consolation on a day when he hoped to wipe away the memory of Tuesday night's eight-run meltdown against the Cincinnati Reds.

There's a four-game set starting May 1 between these two at Fenway Park, and the reset button should be hit before then. The lefty allowed just one hit (along with five walks) over six scoreless innings.

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. The ball didn't hit Machado, but did strike his bat. He has a 1.34 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 33-⅔ innings over six career starts in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval moved from third base to second base to replace Pedroia.

Red Sox: Farrell says because there's still some swelling in Pedroia's knee and ankle areas, he will "go through some imaging" Monday in Boston.

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