Max Scherzer was inspected three times for the use of foreign substances on the baseball during his five-inning outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
The first two inspections, coming after the first and third innings, were ostensibly part of the new normal. Starting pitchers have been told that they can expect two inspections per outing.
Joe Girardi instigated the third inspection of the Washington Nationals ace.
"These are Manfred rules," Scherzer, referring to commissioner Rob Manfred, said after the game. "Go ask him. I've said enough."
When Girardi asked for Scherzer to be inspected in the fourth inning, the pitcher responded by tossing his cap and glove onto the ground, then started to unbuckle his belt, as if to say, "Look at whatever you want."