By Sean McAdam
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TORONTO -- Two sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Josh Beckett's ankle injury is a short-term ailment and is unlikely to impact him in terms of the postseason.
Beckett's status was still unknown Tuesdayafternoon when Terry Francona met with reporters, as his injured anklehad yet to be examined by doctors back in Boston. He was scheduled to be examined late Tuesday afternoon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Beckett's next scheduled start, Sunday in Tampa Bay, will be taken by Jon Lester in his regular turn. It had been the Sox' plan to give Beckett an extra day of rest this week, with John Lackey pitching Friday and Kyle Weiland pitching Saturday.
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A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.
Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.
The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.
Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.
The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.
As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.
“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.
“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"
Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.