Matt Barnes Ejected For Throwing Pitch Past Manny Machado's Head

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia second

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia second

Pedroia then went as far as to say he loved - loved! The ball actually hit Machado's bat, so it counted as a foul ball. Pedroia still has swelling in both the knee and ankle.

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

Pedroia stopped short of saying Barnes' pitch was intentional. I'm sorry to him and his team. If you see the replay, you see how my body comes off the bag and hits him right in the path. He just made a bad slide. It's baseball, man. I'm not mad at him.

First-place Baltimore won two of three games in Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Boston's second baseman nursing his injury. I love watching him. You know that. It's not me. But if you're going to do it, you do it as soon as possible instead of waiting around for two days like a gag from How I Met Your Mother, and you don't ever go for the head. Even if Barnes had only drilled Machado in the thigh, both sides could've moved on, with the Red Sox having gotten their pound of flesh.

Folkemer added that Machado shared his concern and sympathy to Pedroia via text message as the two left the conversation on good terms.

Red Sox manager John Farrell called it a "dangerous pitch" and Barnes apologized for coming close to Machado's head. He still hasn't played since that slide.

But now, after Barnes went head-hunting, an Orioles pitcher might decide to target a Red Sox hitter next week. It's also harder to fathom a pitch to the head being made with any form of intent. In the aftermath of the slide into Pedroia on Friday night, three subsequent Red Sox pitchers faced Machado and never threw at him.

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"If the Red Sox felt retribution for Pedroia being spiked by Machado was necessary - and I believe it was unintentional, more clumsy than malicious - then an eye-for-an-eye in this case is not throwing the ball near the actual eye of Machado". That's baseball. I get drilled, and I go to first base.

"I'm going to respect Pedey to the end of this day. I look up to a guy like that". Farrell's postgame comments caused the Boston media to target Machado as the bad guy, which was most likely Farrell's intentions. Pedroia has not played since leaving the game after the slide.

Tit for tat clearly remains standard operating procedure, without regard for player safety.

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

But Machado, who once threw a bat at Fernando Abad, knows what his reputation is in this game. "It wasn't me. It's them". As MLB.com's Jeff Seidel reported, Pedroia said, "I don't even know what the rule is". "Manny always does something wrong".

It was inevitable that the Red Sox would exact revenge for their de facto captain.

Maybe everyone can do it right going forward.

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