After a contentious week in Boston, MLB has decided that one of the main storylines of the week, the targeting of Manny Machado, has a conclusion.
A final determination has been made: Chris Sale will not be suspended by MLB for throwing behind Manny Machado earlier this week.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 5, 2017
That is a wholly unsatisfying conclusion for Orioles fans who have seen their star targeted by opposing pitches. Sale supposedly "lost his grip" on the pitch that went behind Machado's knees.
MLB sets a dangerous precedent here as it looked clear Sale's pitch was retaliation against Machado.
In any event, both teams moved on and the Orioles are hosting the White Sox, Sale's former team, this weekend.
Stay tuned for more updates from the weekend at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.