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Dirk Hayhurst implies David Price and Evan Longoria are potheads

Evan-Longorioa-David-Price-Reid-Brignac-RobbedFormer MLB pitcher turned broadcaster/writer Dirk Hayhurst wrote a column about the popularity of marijuana throughout MLB and, in the article, he implied there are several potheads on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hayhurst’s column was inspired by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan’s recent column about the disparity between drug punishments for MLB and minor league players. Passan’s argument is that because of the lax drug penalties on MLB players, minor leaguers who love weed can smoke their way onto a 40-man roster. It’s a really interesting read.

In response, Hayhurst wrote on Sports on Earth about how widespread marijuana is and has been throughout MLB. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

As far back as I can remember, players were getting high. Guys in the minors, on or off the 40-man, would take apples from the locker-room spread, hollow them out and then sneak behind dumpsters and smoke an apple pipe. In Triple-A, the now-defunct Portland Beavers would hide in stadium supply tunnels doing the old puff-puff-pass before jumping a knuckleball fight over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even seen coaches toking up with their players.

You really should read the whole thing to get the full flavor, but that’s a nice sampling.

Anyway, Hayhurst then decided to share a story about a time when he was in spring training with a team and a group of players got robbed. All of the details point to a 2011 robbery involving three Rays players.

Hayhurst was a spring training invitee of the Rays in 2011. In March 2011, a Port Charlotte home being rented by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed.

The Tampa Bay Times says police estimated $56,000 in valuables were stolen, including “a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, cash, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s fancy watches.” It later came out that Longoria had an AK47 stolen as well.

Now here’s what Hayhurst wrote. See if it matches up with the robbery story.

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Clay Buchholz accused of doctoring baseball, denies he is cheating

Clay Buccholz forearm

Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage.

After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring the baseball with a substance he kept on his forearm (seen above).

“This was substantial. You could see it slathered on there,” Hayhurst wrote in another tweet.

Then on his radio show on Fan 590 in Toronto (listen here at the 11:00 mark), Hayhurst said that Buchholz “absolutely” is cheating.

Hayhurst is a former MLB pitcher and seems to be an expert on the subject. Hayhurst wrote a column for Yahoo! Sports last year in which he said the art of doctoring the baseball is alive and well.

Buchholz has gone at least seven innings in each of his starts this year. He has allowed just 27 hits, five runs, and 16 walks in 44.2 innings while striking out 47. He responded to the accusation by saying the substance on his forearm was rosin.

“There’s a rosin bag behind the mound and it’s there for everybody to use every inning after our warm-up,” Buchholz told MassLive.com on Thursday. “Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands ‘cause sometimes the balls that they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table. Got to find a way to get grip. But yeah, I mean, definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm.”

So what do you think? Based on the screenshot shown by SportsNet Canada, it doesn’t look like Buchholz was using rosin. Maybe Buchholz partially owes his Pitcher of the Month award for April to Eddie Harris.

H/T CBS Boston