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Matt Barnes still upset with Manny Machado following slide that injured Dustin Pedroia last season

Ryan Hannable
October 22, 2018 - 3:54 pm

It appears Matt Barnes and Steve Pearce have very different views on Manny Machado.

Speaking to's John Tomase Monday, Pearce called Machado the best person he knows in the game, and then there's Barnes who still hasn't forgotten what the now Dodgers shortstop did last season when he was with the Orioles.

In April of 2017, Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a late slide into second base and two days later, Barnes retaliated by throwing a pitch behind his head and received a four-game suspension. 

"You're talking about a play in which Pedey still hasn't played since then, really," Barnes said Monday, via the Eagle Tribune's Chris Mason. "When you take out a captain, a leader of a team, that's not going to sit well with anybody. It kind of is what it is. You move on. I don't see anything happening, I really don't, but it doesn't mean that we've forgotten about it."

Pedroia missed extended time last season with the knee injury, and then only played in three games this year.

Machado had another dirty play in the NLCS when he was fined for kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar on a routine groundball.

"Honestly, I'm not surprised about that. It just kind of seems like it's a trend," Barnes said. "But our job is to go win a World Series. Everything aside, that's it. I think the sweetest revenge would be to win a World Series and celebrate with them watching."

Barnes and the Red Sox will take on Machado and the Dodgers beginning with Tuesday's Game 1.

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