BOSTON -- Jon Lester says there was nothing but rosin -- which is perfectly legal -- on his glove when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lester’s glove. Tyler Melling, a 25-year-old pitcher in the Florida State League, wrote: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?"
The Boston Red Sox left-hander said before Game 2 on Thursday night that "I can honestly tell you that all I use is rosin. So, it’s obviously frustrating that after a night like last night, we should be having fun and running around with some energy today and I’ve got to stand here and answer questions about it."
Lester allowed five hits in 7 2-3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and a walk in the Red Sox’s 8-1 victory.
Boston manager John Farrell also said Lester uses only rosin, which is provided on the pitcher’s mound, to get a better grip.
"If you know Jon Lester, he sweats like a pig and he needs rosin," Farrell said before Game 2. "I don’t see this as anything at all."
Major League Baseball said in a statement Thursday that "we cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game."
Section 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules says a pitcher "shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball" and says the penalty for a violation is ejection and an automatic suspension.
"MLB has obviously evaluated it and issued a statement," Farrell said. "We consider it closed."
Melling’s tweet was later deleted.
"Obviously, when I get a text at 2 o’clock in the morning, it’s not fun," a composed Lester said. "I understand. I saw the picture. It looks bad."
He also said he sweats a lot and rosin helps control that.
"I throw rosin in my glove. That’s it," Lester said. "I warm up with one hat in the bullpen and then have to change hats when I come in (to the dugout). I’ve had plenty of games where I’ve got sweat dripping off my brim. I’ve put rosin on my hat before to try to stop it. You do a lot of different things to just try to try to contain it.
"Even on a cold night like last night, I’m still sweating, so you’ve got to do certain things to try to keep a grip on the ball and not let it slip, and rosin is one of those things that seems to help me."
Asked if he’s sure that rosin was the only substance in Lester’s glove, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, "this was not instigated by us. And the way that we approach this is we just play the game. We don’t deny that some things have been acknowledged. And if that’s what he claims, then that’s what it is. That’s all there is to it. And right now it’s pretty much a dead issue."
Lester said the issue wouldn’t affect him in the future.
"I played with Jon basically my whole professional career," Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "He kind of sweats a lot, man. I know he loads up with rosin all over the place. I don’t even like going out there and telling him ‘good job,’ and patting him on the back because you get all wet and stuff."
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he will probably start Jake Peavy in Game 3 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by Clay Buchholz in Game 4.
Farrell said after Boston’s 8-1 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night that he will likely give Buchholz another day of rest.
"We’ll probably look to give him every extra day we can," Farrell said, "and that would point to Sunday, being Game 4."
Buchholz gave up five runs in eight innings and two runs in five innings in his AL championship series starts against Detroit; Peavy gave up seven runs in three innings in his only ALCS start. Asked before the World Series opener whether Buchholz had an injury, Farrell said, "Not to the point of keeping him out of starting."
Farrell said he wanted to see the Cardinals in the first two games; his decision also could be influenced by whether it looks as if the Red Sox would need their Game 3 starter to come back for a potential seventh game.
Jon Lester started against St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright in Game 1, with John Lackey scheduled to go for Boston against Michael Wacha in Game 2 on Thursday night at Fenway Park. St. Louis is expected to start Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn in Games 3 and 4.
Wacha, a rookie whom the Cardinals obtained with a compensatory draft pick when Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in the regular season, spending part of the year with Triple-A Memphis. He is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in the postseason.
"I want the ball in big situations. There’s none bigger than the World Series," Wacha said. "And so I’m excited about getting it and I think every guy on our team wants the ball in these kinds of situations."
When he found out he would be starting Game 2 at Fenway Park -- his first time pitching in the ballpark -- it created a whole bunch of new things to be excited -- and worried -- about.
"This is kind of a tricky little ballpark with the dimensions and that kind of stuff. One pitch can really kind of change a game," Wacha said. "You try not to think too much about it, just try to approach it just like any other game, any other stadium. And that’s just making pitches down in the zone and try not to give them too much of a chance to lift it."