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Maddon isn't buying Blanton's story

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07:08 AM ET 10.28 | Manager Joe Maddon heard Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton's explanation that the curious dark splotch on the bill of his cap during Game 4 was "just dirt from the ball." And, the day after raising the issue, Maddon said he wasn't buying it. "Umm, I don't think so," Maddon said Monday. "That's very unusual. How many guys have that mark on their hat?" Maddon was measured in his actions Sunday, pointing out the spot to home-plate umpire Tom Hallion but refraining from making any accusations or asking Hallion to check Blanton for illegal substances. Hallion, according to MLB officials, also would have had the option of checking Blanton himself.

St. Petersburg Times

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