Pine tar spat: Johnson says 'read the rulebook'

6:06 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Davey Johnson says Joe Maddon should "read the rulebook." Maddon says the rulebook shouldn't always rule in the "self-policing" world of major league baseball.

The managers of the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays still didn't see eye-to-eye Wednesday about Johnson's decision to challenge Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta's glove in Washington's 5-4 loss the night before.

The umpires found pine tar on Peralta's glove. He was ejected from the game and expects to be suspended by Major League Baseball.

Peralta used to play for the Nationals, and Maddon doesn't like the fact that Johnson used "insider information" to get the pitcher ejected.

Maddon said baseball players police themselves and have essentially decided that using pine tar is OK, even if it's officially cheating.

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