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Alex Sanabia pleads ignorance

Updated: May 24, 2013, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Miami Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia said he didn't know it was illegal to spit directly onto a baseball.

He knows now.

Sanabia said Friday he spit on a baseball earlier in the week to get a better grip, not to get more movement on his pitches. He also repeated he didn't know it was illegal.

"I didn't know. I was in my zone and just grooving. It's something you live and learn from. I didn't mean anything bad by it or I didn't mean to do anything more," Sanabia said. ...

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