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Machado goes on Red Sox tirade: 'I’ve lost my respect for that organization'

Machado goes on Red Sox tirade: 'I’ve lost my respect for that organization'

The only thing Manny Machado does better than hit bombs? Drop f-bombs.

The Orioles third baseman unleashed a profanity-laden tirade after a Red Sox pitcher on Tuesday nearly hit him with a pitch for the second time in the last three meetings between these teams.

Chris Sale’s first pitch to Machado in the first inning went way behind Machado, who struck out in that at-bat but later homered in the 5-2 Red Sox win at Fenway Park.

Both teams were immediately warned. After the game, Machado had more curses than Chris Sale did strikeouts (which was 11).

“What do you think? [expletive]. [Expletive]. Coward stuff. I mean, that’s stuff that you don’t [expletive] do. But I mean, I’m not on that side. I’m not in that organization. They’re still thinking about that same slide that I did. 

“There was no intention on hurting anybody and I’m still paying, I’m still trying to get hit at. Get thrown at on my [expletive] head. They’re [expletive] throwing everywhere. [expletive.] I’ve lost my respect for that organization, that coaching staff and everyone over there.”

Sale wasn’t worried about Machado’s comments, which had trickled out once Sale spoke to reporters.

“Whatever, man,” Sale said. “I’m not losing sleep tonight.”

Machado did not keep it so short and sweet.

“I mean, if you’re going to [expletive] hit me, hit me. Go ahead. [Expletive] hit me. Don’t let this [expletive] keep lingering, [expletive] around, and keep trying to hit people. It’s [expletive]. It’s [expletive].”

Machado, who once threw his bat at current Red Sox pitcher Fernando Abad when Abad was with the A’s, brought up a hypothetical where he uses his bat to harm a pitcher. 

“MLB should do something about it. You have pitchers out there with [expletive] balls in their hands throwing 100 miles per hour trying to hit people,” Machado said. “I’ve got a [expletive] bat too. I could go up there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But you know what, I’ll get suspended for a year, and the pitchers only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

Matt Barnes threw a pitch that nearly hit Machado in the head nine days earlier. Everything started two days before that, on April 21, when Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.