The Manny Machado saga drags on in Baltimore, and a day after his suspension and appeal the Orioles weren't ruling out the possibility that Tuesday's game could have been it for the third baseman in this series with the Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Major League Baseball handed down a five-game suspension to Machado two days after he jettisoned his bat into the field of play during a loss to the Athletics on Sunday. The All-Star decided to appeal the suspension, and no timetable has been given for when that appeal will be heard.
"We'll see what tomorrow brings," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday. "I think right now he's going to appeal it and take 24 hours to think about the next step. Probably the most important thing for him right now is make sure he puts the club in position in case we need to make an adjustment in our roster."
Showalter said he'd like Machado's suspension to sync up with the O's upcoming series against the last-place Rays. The Orioles have an off-day following the three-game series, which will help their shorthanded bullpen get some rest.
Meanwhile, Machado hasn't been swinging the bat that well for Baltimore, which will try to take the rubber match of a series with Boston on Wednesday against the Sox's Rubby De La Rosa (1-1).
Machado is still playing Gold Glove-quality defense, but he's batting just .222 with seven extra-base hits this season. His struggles haven't totally sunk the O's during the first two games of this series, though, in part because of the Red Sox's continued offensive struggles, which they'll try to remedy against Wei-Yin Chen (6-2).
Boston has been streaky, but right now the defending World Series champions are in one of their poor stretches. They had dropped six of seven before Tuesday's 1-0 win, and they've scored more than five runs just once during that eight-game stretch. Despite splitting the first two games against Baltimore, Boston has totaled just one run.
"We're 28-35, that's not up to our standards, that's not where we want to be ultimately," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said before Tuesday's game. "We still believe it's going to get better. We believe we've got a very good team ahead of us this year."
Orioles: Davis tries to kick slump
Chris Davis' power numbers haven't been anywhere near what they were during his breakout 2013 season. On Monday, the slugger tried something new, dropping down a bunt against the shift and beating the throw for a base hit.
"It's something that I've worked on for a while," Davis said. "I've just started getting a little bit of comfort. I'm tired of grounding out to the shift, to be honest with you -- especially when we're playing these close ballgames."
Davis has been hampered by injury this season, but even when he's been on the field he hasn't been nearly as effective as he was during his All-Star campaign a year ago. The former home run champion has just nine long balls this year, and his slugging percentage sits at a pedestrian .421.
Davis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Tuesday.
"At some point in time, you have to make an adjustment," Davis said, "especially if things are going poorly, like they are for me."
Red Sox: Drew likely to sit finale
Dealing with soreness in his left oblique, Stephen Drew has yet to play since Boston arrived in Baltimore on Monday, and that likely won't change when the three-game series ends on Wednesday.
"There's still a little bit of tightness, and it's one of those we all feel -- it's one of those situations where if we were to push this, it could aggravate it and we could be looking at certainly more time than we're dealing with in a day-to-day situation right now," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's a possibility, with Wei-Yin Chen on the mound tomorrow, that it could be another game, as well."
The Red Sox's shortstop is just 1-for-14 with no extra-base hits in four games since joining the team on June 2.
• Adam Jones has served as the designated hitter for each of Baltimore's last two games, but Showalter expects him to return to center field on Wednesday. The outfielder went 3-for-7 with a home run in two games as the DH.
• Dustin Pedroia has faced Chen more than all but one player in the Majors. The second baseman leads all hitters with at least 20 plate appearances against the lefty with a 1.347 OPS.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.