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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Manny Machado responds to Brewers calling him ‘dirty player’

Manny Machado

Manny Machado caused the benches to clear in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday night with a play that had Brewers players seeing red, but the Dodgers star does not seem concerned about the opinion of his opponents.

Machado clipped Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the leg while running out a routine ground ball in the bottom of the 10th inning. The way he dragged his foot made it obvious it was intentional, and he was fortunate to not have injured Aguilar.

After the game, Brewers star Christian Yelich called Machado’s antics a “dirty play from a dirty player” who has “a history of those types of incidents.” Yelich said if a play like that happened one time from Machado it might be considered an accident, but he sees it as a pattern. He then became more animated before he stopped answering questions about it.

When asked about Yelich ripping him, Machado did not seem concerned.

Between the dirty play on Tuesday and the remarks he made about not hustling, Machado is hardly the most well-liked player in baseball this postseason. It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers retaliate in Game 5.

Watch: Manny Machado commits dirty play at first base

Manny Machado Jesus Aguilar

Manny Machado’s dirty play at first base during the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night led benches to clear between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Machado grounded out against Junior Guerra for the second out of the inning. As he was running to first, he headed towards the inside of the baseline and then dragged his left leg to clip Jesus Aguilar by the bag.

Machado’s actions led to a strong response from Aguilar and the other players on the field:

The Brewers already had strong feelings towards Machado after his slide to break up a double play the night before drew some attention. But make no mistake about it: this was a dirty play by Machado, and Milwaukee had every right to be upset. That’s a garbage, bush league play.

Machado said earlier that he doesn’t like to hustle. Now we can see that he prefers to play dirty instead.

Watch: Steve Pearce crushes 456-foot home run in Game 3

Steve Pearce home run

Steve Pearce crushed a ball so far in Game 3 that even Tony Kemp couldn’t catch it.

Pearce was up with one out in the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 of the ALCS in Houston on Tuesday and crushed a home run to deep left field off Astros reliever Joe Smith.

Pearce’s home run put the Red Sox up 3-2 on Houston.

Pearce nearly drove in some more runs in the third inning when he drove a ball to left with two on and two outs. Tony Kemp made a leaping catch at the wall on a ball some thought hit off the scoreboard before going into Kemp’s glove.

This time the ball went way beyond the reach of any Astros players on the field.

Report: Nick Bosa will focus on NFL career, not return to Ohio State

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa has not played since he suffered a groin injury against TCU last month, and he has apparently played his last game with the Buckeyes.

Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Bosa has decided to focus on training for his NFL career once he is cleared to return and does not plan to play for Ohio State again. He met with Urban Meyer and some other members of the Buckeyes staff over the weekend to inform them of his intentions.

Nick’s father, John Bosa, told The Dispatch two weeks ago that any talk about Nick playing for Ohio State again was premature, as he was unsure of when he would be cleared to resume football activities. Bosa underwent surgery to repair a core muscle around a month ago.

Bosa had four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in three games before suffering the injury. He’s one of the contenders to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft, so his decision should not come as a shock.

Giants owner essentially tells Odell Beckham to shut up and play

Odell Beckham Jr has not exactly shown traits of a franchise leader since he signed his massive contract extension with the New York Giants, and team owner John Mara clearly is not pleased with the way the star wide receiver has carried himself.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings on Tuesday, Mara shared some of his thoughts about his team’s 1-5 start and the drama that has come along with it. At one point, he made a comment about Beckham that translates to, “Shut up and play.”

Mara also said the Giants’ 1-5 start is disappointing and he is “sick about it.” Like head coach Pat Shurmur before him, the owner defended Eli Manning and said the quarterback is not solely responsible for the team’s shortcomings.

Manning has faced a great deal of criticism this season, and deservedly so. He appears incapable of getting the ball downfield and is clearly closing in on the end of his career. Even if Mara and the Giants’ brass know that, the last thing they want is Beckham making headlines for some of the remarks he has made about the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. Mara’s candor on Tuesday was a reflection of that.

Twitter reacts to Aaron Rodgers leading yet another comeback

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers delivered yet again for the Green Bay Packers, rallying the team for 10 points in the final three minutes of the game to come back and beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on Monday night.

Rodgers admitted after the game that he was thinking overtime following Kevin King’s interception with just over a minute left. Instead, he drove the team 81 yards to set Mason Crosby up for a redemptive 27-yard game-winning field goal.

Playing through his knee injury and more while leading the comeback led to plenty of praise for Rodgers on Twitter. Take a look:

Rodgers went 25/46 for 425 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 34 yards even on his bad knee. The guy is amazing.

Le’Veon Bell reportedly not expected to return to Steelers during bye

Pittsburgh Steelers fans continue to sit and wait for when Le’Veon Bell might decide to return to the team, and they are apparently going to be waiting at least another week.

According to multiple reports, the Steelers do not expect Bell to return during the team’s bye week.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on Sunday that Bell was expected to show up to the Steelers’ facility at some point between Monday and next Monday, Oct. 22. There was some speculation that he could report during the bye so he can collect his Week 7 game check without actually playing in a game, but that is apparently not his plan.

Bell does not have to sign his franchise tender until Week 10 to prevent his contract from tolling, so it would make some sense for him to continue his holdout until then if he is trying to limit injury exposure. We have heard at least one team linked to Bell in trade rumors, and he could potentially change his mind about when he signs the franchise tender if Pittsburgh explores a trade.