Pedroia Injured as Red Sox Fall 2-0 to Baltimore

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia appeared to take the side of Manny Machado on Sunday after one of Pedroia's teammates seemingly threw at the Baltimore Orioles star intentionally. Never mind that Machado insisted his wipeout slide "wasn't intentional" and said he reached out to Pedroia by text message to make sure he was OK. Machado came up again in the eighth and Barnes' fastball whizzed behind Machado and hit his bat.

Pedroia had been yelling toward Machado on the field immediately after Barnes' unsafe pitch, which earned the reliever an ejection.

Machado proceeded to double off the the next pitcher, Joe Kelly, who entered because Barnes was ejected.

Mychal Givens pitched two flawless innings, Donnie Hart got two outs in the ninth and Darren O'Day finished for his first save.

"There was legitimate concern the moment it took place", manager John Farrell said prior to Sunday's game. 2, 3, and 4 hitters Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland combined to go 0-for-12, including 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Manny Machado blasted one on Friday while Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop went deep on Saturday.

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The plunking today, and perhaps the ensuing brawl, could wake up the Red Sox bats and really get them going in 2017. "I know that and you know that".

"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.

"There was zero intention of him trying to hurt me".

Machado was also involved in a spat with the Red Sox last September, when Rick Porcello had yet to allow a baserunner in the fourth inning against the Orioles and plunked Machado in the back. "If I wanted to do something, I would have hit you the first time". Both he and Orioles skipper Buck Showalter are of the old-school variety.

Returning in 2017 after missing nearly all of the previous season due to shoulder surgery, the injury comes at a less than ideal time for the Red Sox, who are also missing Dustin Pedroia. Young would get on via a fielder's choice and then move to second on a wild pitch before heading over to third on a swinging bunt single from Pablo Sandoval.

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The slide came on a double-play ball. But you can believe that and also think that as far as the slide goes, there's nothing to see here.

The Red Sox will try to push across enough to support the staff and avoid a sweep of the three-game set when they visit the Baltimore Orioles for the finale on Sunday.

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

CHICAGO - Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox.

The dispute is the latest in a string of in-game altercations involving the Orioles third baseman. Tony Watson got out of a two-on, two-outs jam in the ninth for his fifth save as the Pirates ended a three-game losing streak.

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