Chris Sale won't be suspended for throwing behind Manny Machado

A Boston Red Sox fan was banned for life from Fenway Park after he used a racial slur during a conversation with another fan at the ballpark Tuesday.

"We want to make sure that we know exactly what the clubs are doing before we start recommending changes", Manfred said.

"I felt it was different than the normal I-hit-your-guy, you-hit-my-guy", Manfred told ESPN Friday. As a matter of fact, it had persisted so long, it was hard to trace back who had hit who when and whose turn it was, if you will let me use that phrase.

"There was at least one pitch that was of grave concern to us, a second one that was of serious concern".

The incident came a day after Boston's Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy?- another incident in an ongoing feud between the teams.? After more on-field drama that featured the ejections of two of their players, the Orioles will attempt to earn a split when they wrap up their four-game series against the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"My son very sweetly said, 'I thought it was over with white people and black people being separate, '" Hennick said. "He commented that it was the first time he had been involved at this level or this type of interaction, so I think it helped".

The Orioles and Red Sox are in second and third place, respectively, in the AL East.

"It has been a concern of ours, the issue of hit batsman, throwing at batters", Manfred said. Hopefully by then tempers will have simmered and players can just enjoy the game. But he did say Major League Baseball will be considering the financial means the competing groups have to spend on payroll.

"Whatever, man", said Sale, who didn't discuss the intention of his pitch.

"The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks", Manfred said Tuesday. "We've just got to go out there and control what we can control and go about our business".

  • Julie Sanders