MLB weighs in on Lester accusation

Did Jon Lester have a yellowish-green foreign substance in his glove in Boston's 8-1 win in Game 1? Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Major League Baseball on Thursday morning responded to an accusation from a St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer that Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester was doctoring the ball in Wednesday’s Game 1 of the World Series, saying there was no evidence the left-hander did anything illegal.

Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling tweeted a photo Wednesday night that he implied showed a foreign substance on Lester’s glove. “Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?,” he tweeted. A brief video also emerged that appears to show Lester touching the inside of his glove before grabbing the ball.

Section 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules says a pitcher "shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball" and says the penalty for a violation is ejection and an automatic suspension.

Major League Baseball said in a statement Thursday that "we cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game."

Melling's tweet was later deleted.

Lester threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in Boston's 8-1 Game 1 victory.

We’ll follow up further from Fenway Park later today.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.