BALTIMORE -- Tensions from Friday night between the Orioles and Red Sox spilled over again in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 Boston win as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was nearly beaned by reliever Matt Barnes."I wasn't expecting anything, no," Machado said of the pitch. "I thought I did
BALTIMORE -- Tensions from Friday night between the Orioles and Red Sox spilled over again in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 Boston win as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was nearly beaned by reliever Matt Barnes.
"I wasn't expecting anything, no," Machado said of the pitch. "I thought I did a good slide [on Friday]. Everyone knows. Everyone saw the replay on that side. That's on them. Whatever happened today, I'm going to keep doing me."
Machado, whose hard slide on Friday forced Dustin Pedroia out of the game and the rest of the weekend series, was initially awarded first base and Barnes was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher. However, upon closer review, the ball -- which was up and in near the head -- caught Machado's bat first.
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"I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head," Barnes said. "That's a line you don't cross. He has every right to be mad."
While Machado glared at the Red Sox dugout, Pedroia made it clear immediately that the pitch wasn't something he advocated, mouthing "That isn't me," to Machado as Joe Kelly warmed up in Barnes' place.
"That's not how you do that, man. I'm sorry to him and his team. If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away," said Pedroia, who also texted Machado on Sunday.
"It's definitely a mishandled situation. ... There was zero intention of him trying to hurt me. He just made a bad slide. He did hurt me. It's baseball, man. I'm not mad at him. I love Manny Machado."
Pedroia also said he didn't think Barnes would throw at Machado's head on purpose and Red Sox manager John Farrell agreed.
"Make no mistake, the ball got away from him. My comments are what they are," Farrell said. "It's a dangerous pitch when you get up and in there. Thankfully, he didn't get hit."
On the other side of the dugout, the ill-timed pitch near Machado's head drew more skepticism.
"I haven't seen a guy miss that bad in a while," Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. "Behind a guy's head, I don't think there was any question about it."
Added O's manager Buck Showalter: "The pitch was there. Whether he threw at him or not, I'll let him and the Good Lord answer. I'm not going to get into that."
While Barnes remained ejected, replay ruled Machado had indeed fouled off the pitch. Machado doubled off Kelly, who was one of several Boston players screaming at Machado after his slide, which the O's All-Star has said was not intentionally hard.
"You just be mature about the situation," Machado said of not responding on Sunday. "I don't want to get suspended. I think everyone already knows out there that they think I'm the villain. It's always me -- 'Manny always does something wrong.' You know, it's never me. I just go out there and play a game that I love and leave it on the field."
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.
Ben Standig contributed to this story.