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Manny Machado, Rick Porcello downplay rift after Orioles, Red Sox players exchange words

Manny Machado, Rick Porcello downplay rift after Orioles, Red Sox players exchange words

Much is at stake for both the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during this week’s four-game series, so it’s understandable that fuses were a little short on Monday.

Players exchanged words, and umpire Tim Timmons took a lot of heat from both benches after Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello hit third baseman Manny Machado, and Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson hit Boston slugger David Ortiz.

When Porcello hit Machado, the Orioles’ third baseman had words with the opposing pitcher on his way up the first-base line. Ortiz took it in stride when he was hit on the leg, but the Red Sox bench, including manager John Farrell and Porcello, barked at...

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