Atchison an All-Star?

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Atchison an All-Star?

BOSTON -- Is Scott Atchison an All-Star?

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinks he should at least be in the discussion.

"I think he'll get mentioned," said Valentine before Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. "I think he should get attention and mentioned. I'm not sure what Ron Washington's thinking.

"If you hit against him, you'd vote for him. I'd bet that."

Valentine went on to praise Atchison for being a guy that's established himself as a multiple-inning reliever who can get outs from both sides of the plate.

Atchison leads all Red Sox relievers in innings pitched (38.1) and ERA (1.17). And he impressed Valentine immediately in spring training.

"What he did early, was, he pitched multiple innings," said Valentine. "And that was a real value. He's elevated his status from just being the guy that can be the long man. He's earned it every step of the way.

"He earned his spot on the roster, and then he earned a place that he can stay on the roster, and now he's earned a middle-to-late inning spot on the roster."

Did Matt Barnes deserve 4 games for throwing at Manny Machado?

Did Matt Barnes deserve 4 games for throwing at Manny Machado?

Bob Ryan and Lou Merloni react to Matt Barnes being handed a 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado, and whether he deserved it.

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

MLB has suspended and fined Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Barnes' suspension will last four games. His fine is an undisclosed amount.

Barnes has elected to appeal, and so his suspension will be postponed until the appeal process has finished.

Barnes' throw at Machado appeared to be a response to the Orioles third baseman's decision to slide cleats up into Pedroia, who left the game and has missed the two games that followed. He's still day-to-day. However, Pedroia vocally disapproved of Barnes' decision.