Clay Buchholz said Thursday night that he’s sick of the ongoing story that he’s doctoring the baseball.
“It’s getting old and I’m not going to talk about it anymore,” he said. “I’m sick of talking about it. I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m doing things within the rules of the game.”
The latest accusation came in a Yahoo! Sports story in which it was alleged that many pitchers in baseball and on the Red Sox use Bull Frog brand sunscreen in conjunction with sweat and rosin to create a sticky substance that allows them to grip the ball better.
“I haven’t used that [sunscreen] all year,” Buchholz said. “I’ve used in the past when I need to use sunscreen on a sunny day on the mound. Is there anything wrong with that? Isn’t that when you’re supposed to use it?”
Major League Baseball has not accused Buchholz of any wrongdoing, and neither have the teams he’s faced or the umpires who have worked his games.
“That’s all that matters. It means I’m doing things the right way. I’m not breaking any rules,” said Buchholz, who is 6-0 with a 1.60 earned run average.