Orioles, Red Sox can’t seem to get along
By The Associated Press
A spikes-high slide. A near beanball. Harsh talk in the clubhouse.
The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles soared to a new level over the weekend, and there’s no telling what might happen when they soon meet again.
A tempestuous threegame series between these AL East foes wound up with Orioles star Manny Machado seeing a fastball sail behind his head and Matt Barnes getting ejected for throwing it Sunday in Boston’s 6-2 victory.
The high, very inside pitch came two days after Machado spiked Red Sox Dustin Pedroia with an aggressive slide.
Pedroia watched from the dugout for a second day in a row with knee and ankle injuries. Machado apologized with a text message Friday night, but that evidently wasn’t the end of it.
“That’s on them,” Machado said. “Whatever happened today, I’m going to keep [being] me.”
When Machado batted in the sixth inning, Eduardo Rodriguez threw three pitches down and in near the knees.
Machado came up again in the eighth and Barnes’ fastball whizzed behind Machado and hit his bat. The ball hit Machado and rolled foul, and plate umpire Andy Fletcher tossed Barnes.
“I would never intentionally throw at someone’s head. That’s kind of a line you don’t cross,” Barnes said.
Boston manager John Farrell — who on Saturday called the league office to discuss what he called “an illegal slide” by Machado — insisted Barnes’ wayward pitch was nothing more than an accident.
“He was trying to take a four-seamer in and above his hands and the pitch got away from him,” Farrell said.
But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis thought the fastball was intentionally directed at Machado’s head.
“I think it was completely obvious,” Davis said. “I haven’t seen a guy miss that bad in a while — behind a guy’s head.”
The struggles keep going for San Francisco, which fell to 6-13 after an 8-0 loss in Colorado. It’s their worst start since 1983. “There’s nothing clicking,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I am not saying we’re not good, we are good, but we have to find a way come out of this by all of us stepping it up.” No time to panic, though. “We just need to go out there and play a little smarter, play a little cleaner and get back to Giants baseball, which is why we have been so successful,” starter Jeff Samardzija said.
Manager Brad Ausmus said he was optimistic that Miguel Cabrera (groin) would be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on May 1. Ausmus also said outfielder J.D. Martinez ran outside for the first time since spraining his right foot in spring training and is on track to return some time in May.
St. Louis snapped a streak in which it hit a home run in 24 consecutive games at Miller Park dating to Sept. 5, 2014. It was the longest streak by any team at Miller Park or its predecessor, County Stadium.
Stephen Strasburg will not take his regular turn in Washington’s rotation this week as he awaits the birth of his second child.