A report by Yahoo! Sports claims Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was likely using sunscreen mixed with rosin on his forearm to get a better grip on the ball, which led to accusations that he was throwing a spitter against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto broadcasters Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris claimed Buchholz was "loading the ball" during his May 1 start against the Blue Jays in Toronto. But as Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports, he was actually using something that is quite prevalent in the sport.
"Two veteran pitchers and one source close to the Red Sox told Yahoo! Sports that about 90 percent of major league pitchers use some form of spray-on sunscreen – almost always BullFrog brand – that when combined with powdered rosin gives them a far superior grip on the ball.
Passan also reports:
While Buchholz declined comment through a Red Sox spokesman Wednesday, one source close to the Red Sox confirmed the team's pitchers almost all rely on sunscreen for better grip on finicky balls, particularly in cold, bad weather.
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