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Friday, May 05, 2017

MLB won’t suspend Chris Sale for throwing behind Manny Machado

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for throwing behind Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Sale threw a 98 mph fastball at the knees and behind Machado in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park, leading plate umpire D.J. Reyburn to issue warnings to both benches.

The incident came a day after Boston’s Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy—another incident in an ongoing feud between the teams.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Manny Machado Had Strong Words For the Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

There is a difference between throwing behind the guys head and throwing behind his legs. Sale threw behind his legs. Still, I’m a little surprised this is lingering.

Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:

“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) pitchers out there with (bleep) balls in their hand, throwing 100 MPH, trying to hit people. I have a (bleep) bat, too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But do you know what? I’ll get suspended for the year, and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

Machado is right. Throwing behind a hitter isn’t cool. Yes, the bad blood began when his late, hard slide injured Dustin Pedroia, but it appeared as the episode was behind both teams, and that cooler heads would prevail. Chris Sale thought otherwise, and Machado didn’t like that too much.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, manny machaco, orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chris Sale throws behind Manny Machado in latest edition of Red Sox feud with Orioles

It did not end there, however, as Dylan Bundy drilled Mookie Betts in the hip Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Fenway Park. So naturally, with Chris Sale on the mound Tuesday, this pitch happened in the first inning.

The benches were warned after Sale’s inside pitch to Machado, though Machado and Orioles manager Buck Schowalter appeared to have some choice words for the umpires and the Red Sox dugout after the incident.

The inside pitch did not set Sale back at all, however. Four pitches later, Sale struck Machado out on a 98 mph fastball to strike out the side. He went on to strike out the first five Orioles batters of the game before Jonathan Schoop flied out to center field.


Re-grading MLB offseason moves

Three that earn D or F grades through the first month


Jose Bautista (one-year, $18.5 million deal with the Blue Jays)

The Blue Jays were hoping to collect a draft pick had Bautista signed elsewhere during the offseason. When that scenario failed to transpire, they took the plunge and bet that he would have a bounce-back year at age 36.

Not so far. Toronto is off to a 9-17 start, and Joey Bats has five extra-base hits in his first 94 at-bats. Maybe the Jays can trade him at the deadline, but they’ll have to pick up a large percentage of that contract if they want to make it happen.


Mike Napoli (one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers)

When Napoli faded down the stretch and hit .167 in the postseason with Cleveland, it was attributed to fatigue after a long season with a heavy workload. But the problems have persisted into 2017. In his first 24 games with the Rangers, Napoli has a slash line of .161/.235/.323.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 05:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, greg holland, jose bautista, wade davis

 

 

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