Even without throwing a pitch, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta left his mark on the game.
The reliever was ejected in the Rays' 5-4 victory Tuesday night when Washington manager Davey Johnson asked the umpires to check Peralta's glove while the pitcher was warming up in the eighth inning.
The check found "a significant amount of pine tar," according to crew chief Tim Tschida. The umpires carried the glove off the field and tossed Peralta.
As the reliever walked off the field, he tipped his cap to the Nationals dugout.
"Good for them," Peralta said. "They still lose the game."
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon called Johnson "cowardly" for requesting the check of the reliever who pitched for the Nationals in 2010.
"Insider trading, man. It's bush," Maddon said.
Johnson said: "It was a rumor that he liked a little pine tar."
Peralta did not directly answer when asked if he intentionally added pine tar to the glove.
"That's a glove that I use for batting practice every day," he said. "I'm every day playing catch with it, it's hot here -- that's all I'm going to say about it."
Maddon termed it a "common practice."
"Joel is using pine tar and had pine tar in his glove," Maddon said. "I'm saying, to suggest he's the only one that's doing it is inappropriate."
Maddon added: "You're going to see brand-new gloves throughout the major leagues starting tomorrow."
Tracy made the decision after moving Jeremy Guthrie to the bullpen. Guthrie, the team's opening day starter, is 3-6 with a 7.02 ERA in 11 starts. Starters will now be limited to 75 pitches.
"I felt we had to do something nonconventional," Tracy said.
Asked if a starter would be pulled at 75 pitches with no runs allowed, Tracy insisted he was committed to this experiment.
"He has got to come out because he has to pitch four days later," Tracy said.
Rockies starters entered Tuesday with a 13-30 record and 6.28 ERA, while the relievers were 12-10 with a 4.00 ERA.
Phillies: Rookie infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for using a banned substance. Galvis is on the disabled list with a back injury and will begin serving his suspension immediately. MLB says Galvis tested positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance. He likely will finish the suspension on the D.L.
Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki singled to lead off Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2,500th hit of his major league career. Suzuki, 38, had 1,278 hits in nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese Pacific League before joining the Mariners in 2001.
The Denver Post contributed to this report.