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Brian Matusz became the second pitcher this week to be ejected after a strategic challenge by an opposing manager after the Marlins accused the Orioles hurler of possessing a “foreign substance.”


Will Smith was suspended eight games earlier this week for being caught with an alleged mix of sunscreen and pine tar. Reminder: every pitcher uses some kind of substance to improve their grip. It’s also increasingly obvious that opposing teams are using the challenges to gain a strategic advantage; a reliever like Matusz who can go several innings is crucial in a 0-0 game that’s in the 12th inning already.



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