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Matt Barnes ejected for throwing at Manny Machado despite foul ball call

Following anger at Baltimroe third baseman Manny Machado's slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia's knee, Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes threw a fastball in the eighth inning of Sunday's game that almost hit Machado square in the head. Intentional or not, Machado made a bad slide, his foot high in the air.

"I didn't have anything to do with that, " he said. That's baseball. I get drilled, and I go to first base. No matter what the circumstance, you don't throw near a hitter's 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".

"They think I'm the villain".

"I just told him I didn't have anything to do with that", Pedroia said.

Machado's late slide into second base injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and reliever Matt Barnes might have tried to send a message during the eighth inning of Sunday's game.

He noted that he had observed a dugout conversation after Rodriguez's three inside pitches against Machado, then later on someone throws at Machado.

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

"That's on them, " Machado said after Sunday's game.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Orioles are -125 money line favorites versus the Red Sox, who have odds of +115 to pull off the upset in Baltimore.

The two teams play each other 12 more times this season, so we'll find out if the Orioles accept Pedroia's apology. "There was zero intention of (Machado) trying to hurt me".

Pedroia: "That's not how you do that". The injuries occurred when he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday night. An earlier walk when starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was still in the game was on four pitches, with three of them floating well inside towards Machado's knees.

Machado ended up making the last out, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel, who got his seventh save.

Gausman settled down in between, retiring 11 of the next 14 batters after Ramirez's homer, but that was a small consolation on a day when he hoped to wipe away the memory of Tuesday night's eight-run meltdown against the Cincinnati Reds.

The teams will meet for a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning May 1.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one hit over six innings, walking five and striking out seven.

Pablo Sandoval moved from third base to second base to replace Pedroia. "Elbow looked really good", manager Buck Showalter said. "If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away", Pedroia said. The Red Sox veteran has missed the last two games and will receive further testing in Boston on Monday.



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