Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Manny Machado: Machado homers for third time in four games

Manny Machado: Machado homers for third time in four games

In the first inning of Tuesday's game at Fenway Park, Sale pitched a 98 miles per hour fastball towards the third baseman, prompting both sides to be warned. After a late, but legal, slide into second base that led to his spikes spearing the calf of Dustin Pedroia, Machado is considered public enemy number one in Boston.

But not tonight - on this night, Machado got a piece of revenge in the fourth inning. Smith's steal of home on a double steal put Baltimore on the board in the top half of the inning. There was some thought that Sale could be suspended, especially after right-hander Matt Barnes was suspended for four games, about the equivalent of 10 games for a starter.

The Red Sox loaded the bases trailing 8-3 in the seventh, and Andrew Benintendi lined the ball deep to right field. Rickard got turned around but reached out to grab it with the tip of his glove as he fell to the warning track just a few feet in front of the bullpen wall.

"The Orioles and the Red Sox situation had persisted for a substantial period of time", Manfred said. Earlier in the day, the Orioles center fielder received a personal apology from Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy on behalf of the club.

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Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to reporters in Minnesota on Friday afternoon and elaborated on the conference call he had with the Sox and O's on Wednesday, the day after Sale threw behind Manny Machado.

Jonathan Schoop had three hits for the Orioles. Now, it appears that the Red Sox won't receive so much as a slap on the wrist for behavior that, should it continue, could unnecessarily injure another player.

Machado provided the highlight of the Orioles' five-run fourth with a 466-foot homer that cleared the Green Monster in left. LHP Wade Miley (1-1) faces righty Miguel Gonzalez. On Monday, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and on Tuesday the Red Sox fans gave him a loud ovation.

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