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Associated Press

4 minor league pitchers suspended for foreign substances

Four minor league pitchers have been suspended this season by Major League Baseball after being caught using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs, signaling a stronger crackdown in the game’s feeder system than in the big leagues during a historically dominant stretch by pitchers. Many believe the proliferation of those grip aids is partially responsible for baseball’s offensive freefall. MLB has increased oversight in the majors with efforts to inspect more baseballs this season, but the data collection has not led to penalties for players.