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MLB: Trevor Bauer lobbies for rule change

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Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on April 30, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer believes baseball should allow pitchers to use sticky substances on the ball during games.

Bauer started a Twitter battle Tuesday when he insinuated Houston Astros pitchers are using such substances to increase their spin rates. He addressed the issue before Wednesday’s game against Texas.

“I want to make it abundantly clear and not mince words on it,” he said. “I have no problem with any other organization in the league. None. Regarding the Astros. I think they do a great job of player development. I have no accusations against them at all. I’ve never made any. And I’m not accusing them of cheating.”

Bauer had no comment when asked if he has used a substance on the ball.

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