A day after the incident, MLB has came down hard on Matt Barnes.

Barnes has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s game.

It’s an off day for almost everybody with the Red Sox, unless you’re injured.

The Red Sox sent out updates on three players who are dealing with a variety of ailments:

It’s an off day for almost everybody with the Red Sox, unless you’re injured.

The Red Sox sent out updates on three players who are dealing with a variety of ailments:

– David Price (left elbow strain) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session today at Fenway Park. The bullpen consisted of three up-and-down’s at 15 pitches apiece. Price will be evaluated further tomorrow.

– Dustin Pedroia (left knee and ankle soreness) was examined today at Massachusetts General Hospital and his status is day to day.

– Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) will undergo an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital this afternoon. He will be evaluated further tomorrow.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

After Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took out Dustin Pedroia at second base Friday night, the Red Sox appeared to seek revenge on Sunday.

Reliever Matt Barnes’ fastball in the eighth inning went behind Machado’s head and he was immediately ejected from the game. The Red Sox reliever said he didn’t mean for the pitch to end up where it did.

Zach Britton took a shot at Dustin Pedroia. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

Zach Britton took a shot at Dustin Pedroia. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

After Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took out Dustin Pedroia at second base Friday night, the Red Sox appeared to seek revenge on Sunday.

Reliever Matt Barnes’ fastball in the eighth inning went behind Machado’s head and he was immediately ejected from the game. The Red Sox reliever said he didn’t mean for the pitch to end up where it did.

“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes told reporters after the game “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”

Afterwards, Pedroia didn’t appear to be thrilled with what Barnes did.

“I just told him I didn’t have anything to do with that,” Pedroia said. “That’s not how you do that, man. I’m sorry to him and his team. If you’re going to protect guys, you do it right away. ”

“It’s definitely a mishandled situation,” he added. “There was zero intention of [Machado] trying to hurt me. He just made a bad slide. He did hurt me. It’s baseball, man. I’m not mad at him. I love Manny Machado. I love playing against him. I love watching him. If I slid into third base and got Manny’s knee, I know I’m going to get drilled. That’s baseball. I get drilled, and I go to first base. That’s it.”

Word of Pedroia’s comments got over to the Orioles clubhouse where closer Zach Britton, who is currently on the disabled list, took a shot at Pedroia and his leadership.

“Dustin, him telling Manny, ‘Hey, that didn’t come from me’ may be even more frustrating,” Britton told BaltimoreBaseball.com. “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.”

Added Britton: “As a player that doesn’t have the most service time in this room, when a guy like Adam Jones tells me to do something or not to do something, I’m going to do [what he says]. Same with Chris Davis or Darren O’Day, the guy in my bullpen. 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. And you respect their leadership.”

This doesn’t appear to be over between the two teams and they will meet a week from Monday at Fenway Park.

Blog Author: 
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If you’re talking about coming out and getting things going in the right direction, this 6-2 win over the Orioles was well played by the Red Sox. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Three home runs. Really good starting pitching. Timely hitting.

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Xander Bogaerts celebrates Mookie Betts' first-inning home run. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts celebrates Mookie Betts’ first-inning home run. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

If you’re talking about coming out and getting things going in the right direction, this 6-2 win over the Orioles was well played by the Red Sox. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Three home runs. Really good starting pitching. Timely hitting.

When it came to enacting revenge for Manny Machado’s slide into Dustin Pedroia, however, the Red Sox’ execution was terrible.

With Machado up in the eighth inning and the Sox winning by six runs, Matt Barnes sailed a 90 mph fastball in back of the head of the hitter. The ball didn’t hit Machado, but did strike his bat. But it the perceived intent was enough to get Barnes thrown out from the game.

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. No matter what the circumstance, you don’t throw near a hitter’s head.

It was why Pedroia went out of his way during the pitching change to make it clear that the marching orders didn’t come from him.

Pedroia: “If that was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, that’s not me.”

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

With all the starters not named Chris Sale entering the game with a combined ERA of 5.97, Eduardo Rodriguez supplied some optimism for the group. The lefty allowed just one hit (along with five walks) over six scoreless innings.

And then there were the bats.

Mookie Betts helped the Red Sox jump out to a 3-0 lead with his three-run homer in the first inning. He was immediately followed by Hanley Ramirez’s first home run of the season. Mitch Moreland capped off the visitors’ scoring with another round-tripper.

The offensive star, however, had to be Andrew Benintendi, who finished the day going 5-for-5.

It was a solid all-around performance … except for one very ill-advised pitch.

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Pablo Sandoval was forced from the game in the seventh inning after spraining his right knee.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.