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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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.