OAKLAND -- Manager Don Mattingly started squirming when asked to weigh in on the spat between Rays manager Joe Maddon and Nationals skipper Davey Johnson in the wake of Tuesday night's pine tar ejection.
Mattingly did, however, weigh in on the issue of pine tar and cheating.
"Personally, the way I look at pine tar, a lot of guys use some form to get a better grip," said Mattingly. "There's a difference in that and doctoring a ball or scraping it or using sandpaper."
Mattingly played a supporting role in the all-time pine tar controversy, George Brett's pine tar home run in 1983 against Mattingly's Yankees. When that protested game was resumed, Mattingly played second base, only the second left-hander to play a middle infield position since 1970.