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Report: Clay Buchholz was using sunscreen on arm

Clay Buchholz started at Fenway Park on Monday.

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Clay Buchholz started at Fenway Park on Monday.

When he was accused of cheating during a start at Toronto last week, Clay Buchholz may have been using sunscreen mixed with rosin on his forearm to get a better grip on the ball, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday.

The mixture is part of a trend, Yahoo! reported, among many pitchers in baseball. Buchholz was accused of throwing an illegal pitch by Toronto broadcasters Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris.

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Buchholz declined to comment to Yahoo! when informed of the story. The Red Sox have yet to issue a comment.

Sunscreen is not banned by Major League Baseball. Buchholz was under scrutiny from umpires and MLB officials when he made his next start Monday.

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He has not been disciplined by MLB.

An unnamed pitcher told Yahoo! that the sunscreen/rosin mixture can be very helpful to pitchers as they grip the baseball.

“Sunscreen and rosin could be used as foundation for houses,” the American League pitcher said. “Produces a tack, glue-like substance that engineers would be jealous of.”

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