"Usually, that comes back to haunt you," Torre said of such gamesmanship. "Just for the sake of irritation, they'll undress your pitcher and it knocks off his rhythm."
Crew chief Rick Reed said he received a "heads-up" from the league office about the supposed foreign substance. He said he "might do some preventative officiating and make him wash his hands" if he suspects a violation. "It's as simple as that."
Otherwise, said Reed, "it's a non-issue. As I understand, it was not an issue during the course of the game, not until a photographer took a picture of it. Does that lead us to believe there was a problem, or not? If it is, we'll deal with it. I think the teams have been given some notice there's been something in the papers about it. It's up to them to make an issue of it or not.
"I've been working both leagues and I don't think Peavy has any reputation for that," Reed said. "With his stuff, I don't think there's much of a question there."
Torre remained non-committal about whether he thought Peavy was cheating, although none of the Dodgers hitters complained that Peavy was any different than his usual dominating self. Of course, the Dodgers are 1-10 lifetime against Peavy and haven't beaten him since 2003. No player from that club is on the current one.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.