Dustin Pedroia, still injured, apologized for something he didn’t do. Matt Barnes, trying to protect his injured teammate in barbaric baseball tradition, apologized for something he did do. Pedroia then went as far as to say he loved — loved! — Manny Machado, who has maintained innocence in this dust-up all along, even on Sunday. This episode of Red Sox-Orioles anger should die here, after any presumed discipline the league finds suitable for Barnes is delivered. There’s a four-game set starting May 1 between these two at Fenway Park, and the reset button should be hit before then. In a clear attempt at retribution for Machado spiking Pedroia two games earlier, Barnes threw at Machado in the
Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter moved the Phillies from 28 to 20 in his rankings this week. Pivetta is off to a blazing start in Triple A, going 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 24 strikeouts and two walks through three starts (see Future Phillies Report). Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph have greatly underachieved in the first three weeks of the season.
Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman combined for six RBIs with a pair of home runs and Max Scherzer went eight innings as the Washington Nationals swept the New York Mets with a 6-3 victory. Home runs set the tone early in this one, and they would remain the theme all evening Sunday as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 to sweep the first series of the season between the two NL East heavyweights. Daniel Murphys first at-bat came in the top of the first inning with the bases loaded and he took full advantage, hitting a grand slam to continue his dominance over his former team.