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Was Manny Machado's slide into Dustin Pedroia dirty?

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Was Manny Machado's slide into Dustin Pedroia dirty?

Was Manny Machado's slide in the 8th inning a late slide or dirty slide? Machado certainly didn't think so, and he started to help Pedroia as soon as he popped up after contact was made.

Red Sox manager John Farrell had a slightly different take on the matter. 

"If the rule is in place to protect the middle infielder, then it didn't work tonight," Farrell said. "It was a late slide."

Dustin Pedroia, not so much. 

"I've turned double plays in the big leagues for 11 years," he said. "It's my job, and it's not the first time I've been hit and it won't be the last. It's baseball, man."

What say you: normal baseball play or dirty slide?

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Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the normalities of a baseball season will continue on. That means players and managers getting heated, arguments with umpires and benches clearing. But because of the risk the virus poses, MLB has asked for those moments to remain socially distant.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics did not follow that rule on Sunday.

After Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch, he appeared to be exchanging words with a Houston bench coach. With no fans, the words can be heard loud and clear by everybody. That led to both benches clearing and not even six inches of separation between players. 

It's understandable for players to get angry and caught up in the moment, but this move by both teams is rather unacceptable given the current climate of the country and the sport. Though players are being tested constantly, this close contact between teams is unnecessary and only creates a larger risk for all involved.

The non-socially distant brawl comes at a bad time for baseball, as the league is dealing with numerous coronavirus-related issues. The St. Louis Cardinals have had at least 15 games postponed due to an outbreak within the organization, and that comes just after the Miami Marlins dealt with the same problem as well. Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was reportedly sent home on Sunday after breaking protocol and going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

Despite tightening up regulations for players, MLB still faces daily challenges while trying to operate a season during a global pandemic. Moments like the brawl between the Athletics and Astros don't help.

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Report: Indians send pitcher Zach Plesac home after he went out in Chicago Saturday night

Report: Indians send pitcher Zach Plesac home after he went out in Chicago Saturday night

The Cleveland Indians have sent pitcher Zach Plesac back to Cleveland after the pitcher reportedly went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel reported.

According to the story in The Athletic, Plesac went out with friends in the city following the team's game against the Chicago White Sox in which he threw six scoreless innings. After his teammates and staff learned where he was, they reportedly became upset and uncomfortable with the behavior and the Indians quickly sent him home to isolate and quarantine. 

Plesac will reportedly be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily. His next scheduled start is Saturday, August 15, against the Detroit Tigers.

The decision by Plesac comes at a surprising time as MLB has tightened protocols amid COVID-19 outbreaks within multiple organizations. The pitcher's time in Chicago is a violation of the rules set by the team and the league. 

The Miami Marlins had double-digit positive cases just a few games into the season and the St. Louis Cardinals are now facing an outbreak that has led to the postponement of at least 15 of their scheduled contests. 

Plesac, a nephew of former MLB pitcher Dan Plesac, is currently 1-1 on the season with a 1.29 ERA in three starts. The Indians are scheduled to play the White Sox on Sunday night and then the Chicago Cubs beginning on Tuesday. As of now, it is unknown if Plesac's potential contact with any players following Saturday night will impact future games.

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