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Umpire Sticky Substance Checks Are Off to a Weird Start

Major League Baseball ramped up surveillance efforts this week to prevent pitchers from using sticky substances to improve their grip. Umpires can spot-check a pitcher's glove, hat, belt, and body throughout the game and opposing managers can request checks. If a foreign substance is found, a pitcher can be banned for 10 games. The inspections led to one pitcher dropping his pants in disgust, several tantrums, and a tense exchange that ended with a manager being ejected.

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