Sale won't be suspended for throwing behind Machado

Ross Houston
May 14, 2017

The Red Sox/Orioles dispute, which Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones said also included a Boston fan calling him the n-word, escalated to the point of prompting the involvement of Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

On Monday, Jones was targeted with racial slurs, and a bag of peanuts was thrown in his direction.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will not be suspended for throwing behind the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, a source told ESPN.


Following Manny Machado's slide into Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes retaliated and threw at Machado's head a day later. In fact, the league determined that Sale's pitch lacked malice, unlike Barnes' pitch a few days earlier.

The Red Sox led 2-0 after one inning and 3-1 after three before the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Friday that having the commissioner get involved resonated with both teams, and they went through the series finale on Thursday without incident. LHP David Price threw three innings of a simulated game and hit 95 miles per hour with his last pitch, according to baseball boss Dave Dombrowski. That forced manager Buck Showalter to use Jimenez in relief and bring Wilson up from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.


The blast was Machado's third homer of the series, and his home run trot drew boos from the crowd. "It's f--ing bulls--." Machado said. It was one of the longest home runs of his career, a rope that still seemed to be rising as it passed over the Green Monster in left field and landed an estimated 466 feet from home plate, according to Statcast.

Said Sale, a fellow All-Star: "I wanted to show him the respect he's earned — he deserved". I do the same trot every time. "He commented that it was the first time he had been involved at this level or this type of interaction, so I think it helped".

Machado was not pleased with Sale and the Red Sox targeting him in his at-bats.


"This is my team". "I bleed for this team. I'm hopeful that we're going to have a continuing dialogue with [union head] Tony Clark and the MLBPA about whether our rules in this area are really sufficient".

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