Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Pine tar use has been widespread, Indian says

HOUSTON — Indians closer Chris Perez said Friday he believes there are pitchers on every team who use pine tar and other substances to grip the ball.

"If before every game, if they stopped and checked everybody's gloves or something, there would be one or two guys on every team that would just get popped," he said.

Clarifying comments he made earlier on satellite radio, Perez, a former Cardinal, said he wasn't specifically calling out St. Louis for doing it. "I've only played for two teams, and more guys did it on the Cardinals than here," he said. "That's the only thing I was trying to say. It wasn't like an organizational thing."

Rays reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games Thursday for having pine tar on his glove.

Perez believes one of baseball's unwritten rules was broken when Nationals manager Davey Johnson used inside information on a former player.

"I think the Rays are more mad about somebody calling them out," he said. "It had to be somebody that knew. that used to play with them. I have old teammates that I could tell (manager) Manny (Acta) to call out, but I'm not going to. It's not bush league, but it's still not on the up and up."

Perez said he only uses rosin, but he has seen players use pine tar, sunscreen, rosin, dirt and a mixture of those things. "My fingers would stick together because rosin with sweat and dirt is sticky," he said.

Ex-Alonso ace picked for Futures: Former Alonso pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' 2011 first-round draft pick playing in Class A, was selected for the July 8 Futures Game, part of the All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City.

Bat downs ump: Plate umpire Jerry Layne left the Reds-Twins game in the fourth inning and went to a hospital for tests after the broken barrel of a bat hit him on the side of the head on the follow-through when the Reds' Devin Mesoraco grounded out.

Phrase that pays: Nationals OF Bryce Harper, whose "That's a clown question, bro," response to a reporter has become a phenomenon, had his legal team apply to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for ownership of the phrase. Harper has an endorsement deal with Under Armour, which intends to sell T-shirts and apparel with the phrase, Comcast SportsNet said.

Schilling broke: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling told a Boston radio station the collapse of his 38 Studios video game company likely has cost him his baseball fortune. He said he put more than $50 million of his money in the company and had to tell his family "the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone." Schilling, who made more than $114 million during his playing days, said he hopes to return to work soon as an analyst for ESPN. He took a leave of absence after 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy protection June 7.

Hamilton's life as movie? Rangers OF Josh Hamilton, the former Rays prospect whose career was nearly derailed by substance abuse, said his life story is being written into a script with the hope that it will become a feature film some day. Hamilton and his wife, Katie, said they were contacted by actor-director Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures.

Brewers: The team signed 17-year veteran RHP Livan Hernandez to a one-year contract.

Indians: Team president Mark Shapiro, talking to fans from the team's social media program, said it is unlikely Manny Ramirez, who hit 236 homers for the Indians, will return.

Royals: RHP Felipe Paulino has a torn ligament in his right elbow and likely will become the fourth Royals pitcher to have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery this season. Paulino first will seek another opinion.

White Sox: RHP Philip Humber, who pitched a perfect game in April, went on the DL because of a right elbow flexor strain. He is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA this year.

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