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Report: MLB discipline likely for Sale for throwing behind Machado

Report: MLB discipline likely for Sale for throwing behind Machado

Red Sox ace Chris Sale likely faces discipline from MLB for throwing behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports. 

After first reporting that a suspension was likely for Sale, Rosenthal walked that back to clarify that it wouldn't necessarily be a fine but perhaps a fine or warning.

Sale threw behind Machado in the first inning Tuesday night, apparently in retaliation for Mookie Betts getting hit by a pitch the night before, as the Red Sox-Orioles hostilities continue to escalate.

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was suspended four games last week for throwing a pitch near Machado’s head in Baltimore.

Rosenthal also reports that after speaking with MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, that no pre-game warning will be issued for the Red Sox and Orioles tonight prior to the third game of their four-game series.

The benches were warned Tuesday night after Sale missed Machado with the pitch. 

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.