Hector Santiago defends himself after foreign-substance ejection

CHICAGO — Just sweat and rosin. That is Hector Santiago’s story, and he’s sticking to it.

Santiago became the first player to be ejected as a part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when he was thrown out of the Seattle Mariners’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Santiago was checked by the umpires as he exited within the fifth inning. His glove was confiscated, and it was later introduced that Santiago had been ejected.

“He was ejected for when his glove was inspected, for having a foreign substance that was sticky on the inside palm of his glove,” crew chief Tom Hallion instructed a pool reporter.

Santiago, a 33-year-old left-hander who started his profession with the White Sox, mentioned what the umpires discovered was a mixture of rosin and sweat. He had used rosin to cease the sweat from dripping on each his arms on a moist day in Chicago.

“I think once they take it back and check, it’s just sweat and rosin,” Santiago mentioned. “They’re going to inspect it and all this science stuff and it’s going to be sweat and rosin.”

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The umpires discuss to Seattle supervisor Scott Servais earlier than ejecting Hector Santiago from the sport after discovering a substance on his glove within the fifth inning.
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Major league umpires final week began common checks of all pitchers for sticky substances used to get a greater grip on the balls, however can even improve the spin of the balls and make hitting them tougher.

Santiago could possibly be suspended for 10 video games, however there’s an appeals course of.

“This is part of it, this is what we have to do, this is part of the game, we’re going to get caught if we’re going to use any substances,” Santiago mentioned. “My mindset was just use rosin and attack the zone, that’s what I’m trying to do. I know that I didn’t use anything today.”

Taylor Trammell homered twice for Seattle, which improved to 10-2 in its final 12 video games. Paul Sewald acquired one out for the win, and Kendall Graveman labored the ninth for his seventh save.

The White Sox misplaced AL MVP José Abreu when he was hit on his left knee by a pitch within the sixth. The crew introduced the primary baseman had a bruised left knee and X-rays have been unfavourable.

“You definitely never want to see that happen, especially to pretty much the backbone of the team,” White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel mentioned. “We’re all hoping it’s nothing major but we’re already hampered as it is. We’re all hoping for the best for Jose.”

The groups performed 2 1/2 innings Saturday earlier than the sport was postponed due to rain.

Trammell linked for his seventh homer within the fifth, and Ty France went deep towards Keuchel within the sixth. Leury García hit an RBI single within the fifth for Chicago, and Yasmani Grandal added a tying sacrifice fly within the sixth.

The Mariners went forward to remain when Trammell hit a towering drive into the right-field bleachers with two out within the ninth towards Liam Hendricks (3-2).

“Unbelievable game,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “Taylor was locked in. That’s one of the best closers in the game.”

Grandal led off the underside half with a base hit, however Jake Lamb flied out and Yermín Mercedes bounced right into a double play.

The groups will play a seven-inning sport for the sequence finale later Sunday.

Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out 4 and walked one in his first reduction look since Aug. 6, 2013.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have dropped seven of eight.

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