Did Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester apply substance to ball?

Did Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester apply substance to ball?

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: A detailed view of Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox glove as he leaves the game in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 1:37 PM

(BaseballStL) – Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester effectively shut down Cardinals hitters on Wednesday, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.

But according to a picture posted on Twitter by Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling, he might have had a foreign substance in his glove.

Here’s the post:

Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?pic.twitter.com/IyQn2iqg5f — Tyler Melling (@TylerMelling) October 24, 2013

Major League Baseball offficials said the photos and videos of the alleged substance were inconclusive.

Pat Courtney, MLB's senior vice president of public relations, issued the following statement on Thursday:

"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."

The report said the Cardinals would not pursue the issue with the league any further.

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