Yankees' Aaron Boone doesn't believe Astros doctoring baseballs

HOUSTON — Could Astros pitchers be doctoring baseballs with foreign substances to improve their spin rates?

Trevor Bauer essentially insinuated as much on Twitter Tuesday, getting into a social media war with Houston players as a result.

“If only there was just a really quick way to increase spin rate.” Bauer tweeted. “Like what if you could trade for a player knowing that you could bump his spin rate a couple hundred rpm overnight...imagine the steals you could get on the trade market! If only that existed...”

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton have all resurrected their careers in Houston. All three starters rank in the top-10 in MLB in ERA.

Morton struck out 10 Yankees in 7.2 innings and flirted with a no-hitter on Monday.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies applies pine tar and wears Franklin batting gloves as he prepares his bat before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: The Pine Tar incrusted batting helmet of Justin Bour #41 of the Miami Marlins sits in the dugout before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, CO - FEBRUARY 22: Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) pine tar helmet during batting practice on February 22, 2018 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: A detailed view of Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim holding the pine tar rag during batting practice prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on March 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 08: Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ender Inciarte (11) applies pine tar prior to an at-bat during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Atlanta Braves on April 8, 2018 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies applies pine tar to his bat as he stands in the on-deck circle during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on May 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rockies won 8-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: A detailed view of the pine tar on the helmet of Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox as he looks on from the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 08: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins puts pine tar on his bat prior to the game against the Houston Astros on August 8, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Apr 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Steve Pearce (28) has pieces of pine tar fly off his bat in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Asked about Bauer’s accusation, Aaron Boone replied: “I don’t know. I don’t get into Twitter wars anymore. I don’t read that much into it. Guys do stuff to try to help the grip but I don’t think in my view anything fishy is going on.”

Added Boone: “You have to give credit where credit is due. This organization (Houston) is really good at taking talented guys and helping them get to another level.”

Boone touted the Astros’ ability to game-plan, address deficiencies and enhancing stuff guys are already doing really well.

A.J. Hinch dismissed Bauer’s accusation, saying on MLB Network radio: “I don't know if it's gamesmanship, or college pranks, or what would make someone have any sort of statement without any evidence, so it's kind of ridiculous that it's even a topic.”

Bauer claims he’s going to release data to back up his claims.

“Jealousy isn’t a good look on you my man.” Lance McCullers Jr. tweeted. “You have great stuff and have worked hard for it, like the rest of us, no need for this. I will ask though because my spin rate and spin axis on my 4 seem is a$$.”


Tyler Austin returned to the lineup on Tuesday after sitting out his reduced four-game suspension for his role in the Boston brawl. ... Clint Frazier was set to play his first game with Triple-A Scranton as he continues his rehab back from a concussion. Aaron Boone said it will be a “tough call” with Frazier in the future given the team’s already crowded outfield situation. Frazier is blocked by the likes of Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks. ... Stanton had an underwhelming April, but Boone still feels like his slugger is in a good place in the box. Stanton went into Tuesday’s game hitting .230 with five homers and 43 strikeouts in 113 at-bats. Still, he is known as a notoriously slow starter.

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