Last year's Cy Young winner may have been doctoring his pitches.
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was named the American League's Pitcher of the Month for April on Thursday, but accusations have arisen that his Cy Young-worthy start might not be coming cleanly.
Dirk Hayhurst of Sportsnet has accused Buchholz of doctoring the baseball in Boston's 10-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday:
Hayhurst followed up his initial accusation by providing a picture of Buchholz’s supposed malfeasance on Twitter:
Buchholz, who is 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA for the season, went seven innings without giving up a run against a Blue Jays lineup that some considered the American League’s best in spring training. He fanned eight batters and allowed two hits in Toronto as the Blue Jays looked rudderless against him.
It’s been a fate shared by many across Major League Baseball this season. Buchholz has allowed no more than two runs in any of his six starts and his 47 strikeouts are tied for fourth in baseball.
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