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Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco ejected after foreign substance check early in win over A's

Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco was ejected on Tuesday night after a foreign substance check in Houston's 2-1 extra-innings win over the Oakland Athletics.

Third base umpire Laz Diaz inspected Blanco’s glove and ejected him before the start of the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. His glove was confiscated after umpires passed it around during the inspection while Blanco pleaded his case. Blanco walked away and watched while the umpires opted to throw him out.

Blanco is likely facing a 10-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's foreign substance policy, something the league started cracking down on midway through the 2021 season.