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.”
Derek Jeter’s group hasn’t won the bidding for the Marlins just yet. Dreams of Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush leading the Miami Marlins to a World Series title are on hold momentarily. Contrary to an earlier report, the group led by Jeter and Bush have not officially won the rights to purchase the franchise. It was believed Jeter and Bush’s group had won the bidding, and agreed to purchase the franchise for $1.3 billion.
Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was a late scratch from Thursday afternoon’s start against the Atlanta Braves due to a sore biceps and a tired arm. It’s the latest bit of dire news to afflict the floundering Mets, who have lost nine of their past 10 games. Mets manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard hadn’t undergone any testing, but he expected the fireballing right-hander to be examined by team doctors Thursday at Citi Field. “He came in ready to pitch, and that just doesn’t make any sense to take a chance,’’ Collins said. “This guy’s a pretty big piece to the puzzle. We’ll just wait to have the doctors examine him and see where we are.” Syndergaard made it clear the discomfort was in his shoulder