Texas Rangers: Cliff

Cliff Lee answers 'dirty' hat accusation

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
3:54
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NEW YORK -- Last week New York Yankees television voice Michael Kay, who also hosts a radio show on ESPN 1050, more or less accused Texas Rangers ace and ALCS Game 3 starter Cliff Lee of cheating.

Kay suggested that Lee has a "dirty" hat, that a combination of rosin buildup and the pitcher's own sweat produces a "tackiness" that makes it easier to grip the ball, thus giving Lee, 6-0 in the postseason, including two World Series wins over the Yankees last season, an advantage. "I would think that's illegal," Kay said on his radio show.

On Sunday, Lee was asked if he's ever been accused by anyone of such a crime or if an umpire has ever questioned him about the rosin residue on the bill of his cap. Lee smiled.

"It definitely makes me way better. I know that much. Without that hat, I don't know if I could do it. I don't know," Lee said, definitely with tongue planted in check. "It's rosin is what it is. I go to the rosin bag quite a bit. I touch my hat in the same place over and over. And it just accumulates."

Then Lee returned to tongue-in-cheek mode.

"I couldn't pitch without it, for sure," Lee said.

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July, 10, 2010
7/10/10
7:34
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Not the best of starts to the Cliff Lee era in Arlington.

The left-hander gave up an opening-pitch double to Corey Patterson and then allowed an RBI single to Miguel Tejada with the very next pitch.

Lee got Nick Markakis to fly out for his first out in a Rangers uniform and escaped the first frame with a 1-0 deficit two batters later.

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BA LEADER
Leonys Martin
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
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