Get a grip: Pitchers unsure on eve of sticky stuff crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Beginning Monday, pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games if caught using foreign substances to doctor baseballs. Such grip aids have long been illegal, but the ban has rarely been enforced. That changes this week. Major and minor league umpires will make regular checks of all pitchers, even if opposing managers don’t request inspections. Pitchers and coaches are uncertain what the crackdown will look like, with Yankees ace Gerrit Cole saying he’s “in the same boat as everyone else, just waiting for this to play out.”