Report: Beckett to see hand specialist in Cleveland, too

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Report: Beckett to see hand specialist in Cleveland, too

The case of Josh Beckett's thumb injury took a curious -- and ominous -- turn Tuesday morning, when Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Red Sox right-hander will join teammate Andrew Bailey in Cleveland on Tuesday to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Robert Graham.
The Red Sox had little comment on Bailey's status Monday, lending credence to reports that the closer's thumb injury is serious enough that it may require surgery. But they went out of their way to say that Beckett's thumb problem didn't appear to be as big a problem and that they expected him to make his scheduled start Saturday in Detroit. Beckett's trip to San Antonio to be examined by a hand doctor, they said, was more for Beckett's "peace of mind" than anything else.
Beckett himself said in a text to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that he was fine and that he would pitch Saturday in Detroit.
Rosenthal's report, however, throws everything into question, even though he quoted sources as saying this trip, too, was for Beckett's "peace of mind" and that they still expect him to pitch Saturday.

Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

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.