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

04 May 2017

Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected in the eighth inning Sunday when his pitch sailed past the head of? Intentional or not, Machado made a bad slide, his foot high in the air.

"I think we've talked about it already, as a team, and we'll see how they choose to act - whether or not they choose to act professionally or unprofessionally when we get to Boston", Britton said. If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away. "You're throwing at my head". "It's never me. I just go out there and play the game that I love, leave it on the field and I play with heart".

"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.

The incident stemmed from Friday night when Machado slid into second base injuring Pedroia's ankle and knee.

Pedroia reiterated after the game that he didn't order the pitch to be thrown, and he apologized to Machado.

"He's not trying to hit Manny in the head", Pedroia said.

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.

Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings in his first career start at Camden Yards. "That's not how you do that, man", Pedroia told reporters afterward. "There was zero intention of (Machado) trying to hurt me".

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Machado sent Pedroia a text, explaining he meant the second baseman no harm. The Orioles have not lost a series this year and own the best record in the majors (12-4).

Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez homered on successive pitches in a four-run first inning, and Andrew Benintendi had a career-high five hits to help Boston avert a three-game sweep. The ball didn't hit Machado, but did strike his bat. First baseman Mitch Moreland hit the Red Sox's third home run in the fifth.

Bundy (3-1) struck out three, walked one and allowed six hits in seven-plus innings.

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

O's manager Buck Showalter praised the "courage" his team had not to escalate everything, although a more appropriate word would have been discipline.

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.

The Red Sox (11-8) are off on Monday and return home Tuesday for a three-game series with the New York Yankees.

"He's trying to take a four-seamer in above his hands and the pitch got away from him", Farrell said.