As Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has learned, it’s four games and an undisclosed fine. Barnes was the Red Sox pitcher who threw a pitch Sunday near the head of Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, a pitch that was in retaliation for Machado’s rough slide into second base Friday night that injured Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia.
The Kansas City Royals were in a bit of an offensive rut heading into a Sunday matchup with the Texas Rangers. The Royals hadn’t scored more than three runs in 10 of their past 11 games. The Royals turned to their farm system, calling up outfield prospect Jorge Bonifacio on Friday, who at 23 years old was already somewhat of a stalwart in the minor leagues.
Winning six out of seven against NL Central opponents over the past week cured a lot of early ills. Moreover, you know this talented offense isn’t going to be this horrific for long: Every member of the starting lineup except Jedd Gyorko is performing