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After nearly taking fastball to head, Orioles' Manny Machado reflects on odd day, season

After nearly taking fastball to head, Orioles' Manny Machado reflects on odd day, season

There are two kinds of comments made after a baseball is hurled in the direction of an opponent’s head: the forceful ones by the pitcher’s team denying intent, and the ambiguous ones by the batter’s about how unwelcome such an action is.

When Manny Machado had a fastball by Matt Barnes hit off the bat behind his head in the eighth inning Sunday, leading to Barnes’ ejection and the escalation of tensions between two teams that will battle for the American League East crown yet again, the only thing that didn’t seem to follow script was how Machado handled it.

There was no fight on the pitcher’s mound, as there was last summer when the late Kansas City Royals pitcher...

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