Orioles' Machado apologizes to A's for bat-throwing incident

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado apologized Monday for throwing his bat in Sunday's game against the Oakland A's.

"I want to apologize to all my teammates, my coaching staff, the Orioles organization and Oakland, and the fans also, for the way I acted and overreacted on that," the 21-year-old Machado said in a televised interview with Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

"It was a frustrating weekend, and I just let my emotions get the best of me," he said.

Machado's frustrating weekend began Friday when he objected to a tag applied by A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. The two third sackers exchanged words, and both benches emptied before order was restored.

Machado said his anger at the tag had nothing to do with the fact he had offseason knee surgery.

"I just thought the tag was a little aggressive, they might have thought it wasn't," he said. "Looking back on it, we're just going to have to try to put that behind us."

Things got even uglier Sunday.

Oakland left-hander Fernando Abad threw inside to Machado in the eighth. The bat flew out of Machado's hands and went down the third base line. Both players exchanged words before the benches and bullpens emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Crew Chief Larry Vanover said Machado was ejected for throwing the bat and Abad was tossed for throwing at him a second time.

At the time, the O's were trailing 10-0.

After the game, Machado claimed he didn't let go of the bat on purpose. But in Monday's interview, he said he felt an apology was in order after looking at the replay.

Machado also expressed his regret that A's catcher Derek Norris had to leave the game in the sixth after taking a back swing to the head by Machado. Machado's actions were "a disgrace to the game," Norris said.

"I want to apologize to Derek, that wasn't intentional. I didn't realize how hard I had hit him with the bat; I have a tough follow-through ... I do want to apologize for taking him out of the game."

Major League Baseball is expected to announce a suspension for Machado on Tuesday.

MANZIEL JOINS SELECT GROUP

When Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Padres Saturday, he became the ninth Heisman Trophy winner to be selected in MLB's draft, which began in 1965.

Here is the full list:

Jameis Winston (2013 Heisman winner): Drafted out of high school by Rangers in the 15th round of the 2012 draft.

Manziel (2012 Heisman winner): Drafted by Padres with the 837th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Chris Weinke (2000 Heisman winner): Drafted out of high school by Blue Jays in the second round of the 1990 draft. Played six seasons in the minors.

Charlie Ward (1993 Heisman winner): Drafted by Brewers in the 59th round of the 1993 draft and the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1994 draft.

Bo Jackson (1985 Heisman winner): Drafted by Yankees in the second round of the 1982 draft, Angels in the 20th round of the 1985 draft and Royals in the fourth round of the 1986 draft. Went on to play 694 MLB games for the Royals, White Sox and Angels.

Charles White (1979 Heisman winner): Drafted by Astros in the 16th round of the 1977 draft.

Johnny Rodgers (1972 Heisman winner): Drafted by Dodgers in the 38th round of the 1969 draft.

Mike Garrett (1965 Heisman winner): Drafted by Pirates in 41st round in 1965 and Dodgers in fourth round in 1966.

Manziel, a star quarterback at Texas A&M who was recently drafted by the NFL's Clevland Browns, played high school baseball, but the only baseball he has played in the last three years has been throwing out ceremonial first pitches at major league games.

MEDICINE MAN FAILS TO HELP RAYS

The slumping Tampa Bay Rays turned to a Seminole medicine man to change their fortunes.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field on Monday in an attempt to help his team, which has the worst record in the majors.

"We just turned him loose on the Trop," Maddon said.Henry walked around the ballpark and said the Rays are ready "to go get it."

Maddon has tried a variety of things over the years to liven up his team. He's brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse in the past.

It didn't help. The Rays, who had lost 12 of 13 entering Monday's game against Seattle, fell to the Mariners, 3-0.

Contributors: Justin McGuire, The Associated Press

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