Barnes sus­pended 4 games for buzzing Machado

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NEW YORK | Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been sus­pended four games and fined for throw­ing a fast­ball past the head of Bal­ti­more star Manny Machado.

The com­mis­sioner’s of­fice is­sued the penalty Mon­day. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is ap­peal­ing, mean­ing the reliever can con­tinue to pitch un­til the process is done. Barnes was ejected Sun­day af­ter sail­ing a fast­ball past Machado’s hel­met at Bal­ti­more. The right-han­der is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in nine games this sea­son.

On Fri­day night at Cam­den Yards, Machado made a late slide that injured Bos­ton sec­ond base­man Dustin Pe­droia. On Sun­day, Machado bat­ted in the sixth in­ning and dodged out of the way when Bos­ton starter Ed­uardo Ro­driguez threw three pitches down and in around the knees. Machado came up again in the eighth and Barnes’ fast­ball whizzed be­hind his hel­met.

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