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Rangers not buying into Buchholz accusations


ARLINGTON -- The Rangers didn't get a chance to see the American League's Pitcher of the Month for April, Boston's Clay Buchholz, during the three-game weekend series that concluded Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. But if they had, it's highly doubtful they would have ramped up the controversy over whether the young right-hander has been adding something illegal to his pitches.

Two Toronto announcers, both former players, accused Buchholz, who has started the season 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, of cheating in his last start against the Blue Jays. No complaints came from the Blue Jays players.

"It's not something I would get wrapped up in anyway," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I think it's just a distraction, and it's not something I want my players focusing on."

Besides, as closer Joe Nathan pointed out, how is any pitcher going to get away with cheating in today's baseball world?

"There is so much technology in the game, so many cameras and camera angles -- if you're doing it, you're going to get caught," the Rangers closer said. "When someone has success like he has, someone else has to try figure out a reason for it. He must be doing something."

The fact is, Nathan said, Buchholz is probably not doing much different at all, except for getting big outs when he needs them.

"All he can do is keep doing what he's doing," Nathan said. "All anyone else can do is keep the cameras on him and try to catch him if he's doing something [against the rules]."

Buchholz said he's done nothing but apply some rosin to his sleeve.

"Rosin's on the mound," Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "You can put it anywhere but your glove. Believe me, if it was a problem, players would say something."

Jim Reeves is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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