Manny Machado is being accused of doing Dustin Pedroia dirty after a slide by the Orioles third baseman injured the Red Sox infielder Friday night.
Pedroia left the game after taking Machado’s spikes to the back of his left knee while trying to turn a double-play in the eighth inning of Baltimore’s 2-0 win.
While the injury does not appear to be serious – Pedroia is going to try to play Saturday night – Machado’s slide is not sitting well with the Red Sox.
"Extremely late slide," Boston manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com. "The argument at the time was if the rule's in place to protect the middle infielder, well, then it didn't work tonight. I know there's a component to the rule that says he's got to deliberately and willfully attempt a double play. When you're cleaned out beyond second base, and the runner never held second base completely, to me, the rule failed tonight."
Farrell’s opinion was shared by his Boston mates. Third base coach Brian Butterfield was ejected after making his feelings known to umpire Alan Porter, and the Boston Globe reports several Red Sox players and coaches hung around the dugout after the game and eyeballed Machado as he exited the field.
While such behavior seems to portend retaliation is forthcoming, Machado said he texted Pedroia after the game and that he’s not expecting any payback.
“I don’t expect anything,” he said. “I’m going to play baseball. Whatever happens, happens. It’s called baseball. We play between the lines so they have to protect their players and they have to do what they have to do. It’s up to them.”