The Orioles beat the Red Sox, 2-0 on Friday, April 21. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun)
The hard slide by Manny Machado that knocked Dustin Pedroia out of Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Orioles didn't sit well with the Boston Red Sox, but we'll have to wait at least until tonight's game to find out if there will be any payback.
Machado insisted after the game that he spiked Pedroia unintentionally and texted him an apology. He also cited his respect for and friendship with Pedroia as proof that he would not try to hurt him.
Pedroia said late Friday night that he hadn't seen a replay of the collision and couldn't say whether the slide was "dirty," but Boston manager John Farrell said that he felt that it was late and illegal.
It's possible that everyone is right, which leaves open the possibility that Machado could feel the wrath of the Red Sox sometime during the remaining two games of the series. But I'm guessing that nothing is going to happen because the Red Sox are dealing with several injuries and probably don't need to risk any more by sparking a brawl.
Still, the Red Sox are understandably sensitive to anything that would endanger Pedroia's left knee, which was surgically repaired in October, and there is a recent history of tension between the division rivals.