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Pedroia, Sox unified after Machado incident

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox portrayed a unified front on Tuesday, a couple of days after some controversy in Baltimore when Matt Barnes threw one high and tight to Manny Machado and subsequently received a four-game suspension.

Machado injured Dustin Pedroia with a hard slide on Friday night at Camden Yards. Right after Sunday's pitch by Barnes, which was near Machado's head area, Pedroia was seen on camera telling Baltimore's star third baseman that it was not his idea.

BOSTON -- The Red Sox portrayed a unified front on Tuesday, a couple of days after some controversy in Baltimore when Matt Barnes threw one high and tight to Manny Machado and subsequently received a four-game suspension.

Machado injured Dustin Pedroia with a hard slide on Friday night at Camden Yards. Right after Sunday's pitch by Barnes, which was near Machado's head area, Pedroia was seen on camera telling Baltimore's star third baseman that it was not his idea.

In some circles, that was perceived as Pedroia not supporting his teammates. Boston's second baseman did all he could to defuse that on Tuesday.

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"We all talked about that," said Pedroia. "We're going to keep that in house. We feel good about each other. We all have each other's backs. Everybody knows how everybody feels about each other. We're pretty excited about the group we have.

"It's unfortunate that the outside has an opinion, but they're going to have an opinion about everything. We all know how we feel. We're moving on. We're getting ready for this series, then the Cubs, then the Orioles. We've got a tough stretch. We're focusing on baseball and turning the page."

Pedroia couldn't play on Saturday or Sunday due to left knee and ankle soreness from Machado's slide. The Red Sox had an off-day on Monday and were rained out Tuesday. Pedroia is expected to start on Wednesday, when the Red Sox return to action against the Yankees.

Barnes, who appealed his suspension, reiterated that there are no rifts in Boston's clubhouse over the incident.

"Everybody in this clubhouse has one another's back," said Barnes. "It's a strong unit in there. I've got his back, he's got mine. I've got 24 other guys in this clubhouse, we're all sticking together, we're a unit, going to war together every day. Get back out there tomorrow and try to win a series against the Yankees and go from there."

The criticism of Pedroia wasn't limited to media. Orioles closer Zach Britton told a Baltimore media outlet the incident suggested that the second baseman didn't have control of his own clubhouse.

"I don't know. Everybody has their opinion. I don't know Zach," said Pedroia. "I haven't played with him. I'm sure if I had played with him, his opinion of what he said would be different. I just know him as one of the best closers in the game. That's it. His comments were said after an emotional game. Obviously he was upset at the situation. I don't think negatively at him. I try to look at both sides before I jump to conclusions on anything."

After playing the Yankees in a two-game series and the Cubs for three this weekend, the Red Sox will host the Orioles for a four-game set at Fenway that starts on Monday.

"It's been over a long time ago," said Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez. "I think, like I said, there's no hard feelings. We're here to win, they want to win. When you're a competitor, little things like that are going to happen."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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