• Pedro Martinez: “If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him.”
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    Pedro Martinez: “If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him.”

    On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Barnes was suspended four games. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head. Via ESPN’s Scott Lauber: If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would’ve done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower. Martinez added that Machado “did not intend to hurt Pedroia. And I know that because I know Machado.”

  • Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win
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    Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win

    Luis Alexander Basabe’s roommate received a phone call on the road on July 9 in which he learned he had been traded by the Boston Red Sox. What would be a strange experience for most teammates was even more difficult for Basabe and his. The player traded was his identical twin brother, Luis Alejandro Basabe. “I was like, ‘Man, I don’t believe that,’ ” Luis Alexander Basabe said. Nearly five months later, Luis Alexander received a similar call from the Red Sox to inform him he was included in a four-player package headed to the White Sox in exchange for five-time All-Star Chris Sale. Having already experienced the trade of a brother he describes as younger (by five minutes), shorter and weaker,

  • Best of MLB: Mets beat Max Scherzer, first-place Nationals
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    Best of MLB: Mets beat Max Scherzer, first-place Nationals

    LOS ANGELES — Hold your thumb and index finger about an inch apart. That's how close Jerad Eickhoff came to pitching an excellent ballgame on Friday night. The Phillies' six-game winning streak came to an end in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers (see Instant Replay). Eickhoff took the loss, but he and his team might have had a different fate if the right-hander could have finished off innings more efficiently. Eickhoff allowed the leadoff man to reach base in just one of six frames and he retired the first two batters four times. However, Eickhoff allowed nine baserunners with two outs and that was his downfall on an unusually windy night in Chavez Ravine. What happened? Simple. Eickhoff