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Friday (Jack Morris accuses Clay Buchholz of cheating) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional baseball, Twins fans Updated: May 3, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox is off to a red-hot start, going 6-0 with an ERA just above 1. He has a track record of success, but not that level of success -- and some of his mound behavior caught the eye of Blue Jays TV analyst Dirk Hayhurst as well as former Twins broadcaster/pitcher and current Jays broadcaster (and former pitcher) Jack Morris. They say he is doctoring the baseball. Hayhurst claims he saw a foreign substance on Buchholz's arm.

The Red Sox have denied all of this, of course, but here is a portion of a story from the Boston Globe:

Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris, the owner of 254 career wins, also chimed in Thursday, saying Buchholz was throwing a spitball based on video review after the game. ... .Red Sox analyst Dennis Eckersley did not take Morris’s comments kindly. “To me, that’s clueless on his part,’’ Eckersley said on NESN’s postgame show. “Where’s Jack Morris been all these years, anyway? He finally gets a job up there in Toronto and he has to make statements like that and take away from what this kid has done? I think it’s wrong.

“I think Jack Morris should zip it,” Eckersley added. “I feel sorry for Buchholz to even have to deal with this. I’m styling here, and you’re taking away from me, a guy that can’t even make it to the Hall of Fame yet, and he’s chirping over there — zip it.” During Thursday’s broadcast, Morris also accused Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa of doctoring the ball.

Those are pretty serious charges from Hayhurst and Morris. The images from the screen grab via Sportsnet were explained by Buchholz as part of a normal and legal routine. It would get more interesting if MLB got involved -- and it would be a bigger story locally if Morris was still doing Twins games.

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