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June 9, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
By the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Athletics and Orioles had seen just about enough of each other. With the A’s up 10-0 in the rubber match at Camden Yards, Fernando Abad threw at Manny Machado twice, and the second straight tight one led Machado to chuck his bat toward third baseman Alberto Callaspo:

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majnun

I hate thinking this because I love the guy, but Machado acted like a baby all weekend. A bummer to see.

Jun 09, 2014 04:22 AM
rating: 8
 
BloodStripes

Have to agree. The tag by Donaldson was harmless. Manny and the O's are kidding themselves.

Jun 09, 2014 05:01 AM
rating: 6
 
bhacking

Agree and there should be at least a 1 game suspension for throwing the bat - you've got to send a message that there is no place for this in baseball.

Jun 09, 2014 06:03 AM
rating: 6
 
Brad Clark

Agreed. I'm a pretty shameless homer when it comes to the O's, but he is too good for me to believe that he was fooled so bad by a 91 MPH fastball that he took a full cut after it was in the catcher's mitt. As a fan, I hope he doesn't get suspended, but if he does he earned it. I'm just hoping that it was a temporary lapse in judgment and that he gets his head right sooner rather than later. He is too good to waste the talent over bush league stuff like that. The Josh Donaldson thing was whatever, talk is talk, but you can't be throwing bats at people.

Jun 09, 2014 09:37 AM
rating: 6
 
rofldude

At the moment Donaldson applied the tag, Machado was in the process of losing his balance as he attempted to dodge the tag.

Jun 09, 2014 05:22 AM
rating: 3
 
thegeneral13

I agree. To me it looked like Machado was embarassed that he fell on his ass and out of pride fabricated an issue with Donaldson's tag.

Jun 09, 2014 05:59 AM
rating: 3
 
Schere

I don't think so. He was pissed and tore off his helmet and threw it to the ground before his butt hit the turf. I don't know what he was pissed about, but it wasn't the falling that set him off, it was the tag or something that happened right at that moment.

Jun 09, 2014 10:25 AM
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marlinsfanjames

Machado seemed to be shoved over aggressively by Donaldson who could just as easily have applied the tag without doing so in the first game.

Not surprised Machado reacted particularly after having injured his knee last season. Chen let Donaldson know all about it by pitching inside, and then hitting him.

That should have been an end to it. Machado should not have reacted though the way he did when Abad seemingly tried to hit him twice, either as a result of that or because of hitting the catcher with his backswing- should have let his pitcher do the same to the A's at the top of the 9th.

Either which way there's not a lot of love between the teams and it'll be interesting to see how the O's pitch at Oakland after what Abad did, next time they meet.

Jun 09, 2014 08:39 AM
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lipkin

Tonight is a series-ending game for the Yanks.

Jun 09, 2014 08:44 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

Fixed.

Jun 09, 2014 09:09 AM
 
bob4k14

5-0, 5-0 gets one sentence? You saw that coming?

Jun 09, 2014 09:07 AM
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bhalpern

Cruz's big mistake on the steal of home was not getting a much bigger lead before he went. Also, since Abad didn't step off before delivering Chris Davis shouldn't have left the box. He could've tapped Norris on the shoulder with the bat and gotten a catchers interference call.

Jun 09, 2014 09:12 AM
rating: 3
 
Brad Clark

Chris Davis should have laid down a walk off bunt to end the game. I don't often say this, but "this one's on Buck."

I know, I know, I've sinned. I'll be in the corner saying my Hail Marys.

Jun 09, 2014 09:41 AM
rating: 2
 
BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Good point--I was thinking the same thing. He could've gone another 3 steps without any chance of getting picked off.

Jun 09, 2014 11:04 AM
 
adam

In the Nats piece, it says "On Sunday, Zimmermann made that foursome a quintet..." It should be "made that threesome a quartet..." Right? Or was there another one not mentioned?

And yeah, Machado needs to grow up.

Jun 09, 2014 09:20 AM
rating: -1
 
Matt

Donaldson's tag looked pretty forceful, but if Machado is dancing his way around the tag, I think JD has to be aggressive. MM could have just taken the tag without trying to be cute.

Jun 09, 2014 09:31 AM
rating: 2
 
bleaklewis

Wow what a catch by Fowler. Would love to see the fieldfx data on that!

Jun 09, 2014 11:59 AM
rating: 2
 
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