Red Sox's Matt Barnes suspended four games for throwing at Manny Machado

As expected, Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes has been suspended for throwing a pitch near the head of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado during Sunday's game.

Monday evening MLB announced Barnes has been suspended four games -- and fined and undisclosed amount -- for "intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head." The incident happened in the eighth inning of Sunday's game. Here's the video:

Barnes threw at Machado in apparent retaliation for Machado spiking Dustin Pedroia in the calf on Friday night. Pedroia has not played since getting spiked and is listed as day-to-day. Barnes said he was trying to come inside but not throw at Machado, which is the defense every pitcher uses in situations like this.

Interestingly enough, Pedroia came out and said it was a "mishandled situation," meaning Barnes throwing at Machado. He said Friday night he wasn't upset about getting spiked -- after 12 years at second base, I'm guessing this was neither the first nor the last time Pedroia gets spiked -- yet Barnes threw at Machado anyway. 

The four-game suspension is both in line with similar situations in the past and laughably light. MLB refuses to come down hard on pitches near the head, regardless of whether they are intentional or not. 

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