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September 28, 2013

Rangers dismiss C.J. Wilson's issues with baseballs

ARLINGTON – Texas Rangers starter Alexi Ogando said he had no issues with the baseballs used in Friday night’s game at Rangers Ballpark, saying he didn’t understand the complaints made by Angels starter C.J. Wilson after the game.

“No, I didn’t have any problems,” Ogando said. “They were good." 

Wilson blamed slippery baseballs for his control issues in the third inning when he threw three wild pitches, hit two batters and issued a walk. Wilson guessed that one out of every four balls were rubbed down properly, and had to make an adjustment as the game went on with the baseballs.

“The balls were kind of squirting around,” Wilson said. “Are you going to call it a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence. Let’s be honest.”

The Rangers said home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro told them about Wilson’s issues with the balls, and they tried to accommodate as best they could.

A Rangers official rubs down 12 dozen balls each game, using baseball rubbing mud, and umpires inspect the balls, which are in one bag.

Ogando, along with three Rangers relievers said they didn’t have issues with the baseballs Friday. Jason Frasor said the balls he used were rubbed down fine, although said ones that aren’t are a legitimate concern.

Closer Joe Nathan, meanwhile, said he’s never had an issue with slippery baseballs in his career.

“I don’t know why they thought they were an issue,” Nathan said. “[Wilson] spoke his opinion. That’s all. It’s not something I would’ve done, but at the same time everybody is entitled to their own way of going about things and how to handle stuff.”

Said Tanner Scheppers: “I can’t tell you I noticed a difference. You normally deal with that in cold weather.”

-- Drew Davison

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