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May 4, 2013

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Spit Balls

The Toronto Blue Jays announce team is really grasping at straws trying to explain what the Red Sox won another series over the once highly touted now clearly fraudulent Blue Jays in Toronto.

Blue Jays color commentator Jack Morris accused Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who shut down the Blue Jays in Boston’s 10-1 drubbing on Wednesday, of throwing spit balls and having a substance on his left forearm that gave him an advantage.

Buchholz denied the allegation and said it was just rosin, which is a substance that players are permitted to use on their hands to better grip the baseball. Manager John Farrell also came to his 6-0 starter’s defense.

”He’s got rosin on his arm,” said Farrell, who was obviously not happy with the allegation. “He’s not loading up; he’s got rosin on his arm. As soon as someone pitches well or does well, they’re cheating.”

Big Meet Alert

Today is the underclassmen’s day to shine when it comes to the Northeastern Conference track scene. Today at Manning Field (9:30 a.m.) the best freshman and sophomore track stars in the conference will square off in the Northeastern Conference Freshman/Sophomore Meet.

With an abundance of underclassmen on both the boys and girls side of things Gloucester could be one of the day’s top scorers.

Race at Fenway

The Run-Walk to Home Base will be today, with the start and finish at Fenway Park.

The event is sponsored by New Balance and benefits the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Home Base helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families recover from post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury through clinical care, community education and research.

This is believed to be the first fundraising run in Boston since the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Racers and walkers will start entering at 6 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 7:15 a.m. The race/walk begins at 8 a.m. with everyone expected to enter the park between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

The park closes at 1 p.m.

-Compiled by Times Staff

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