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PHILADELPHIA -- Call it the new Watergate.
A controversy has erupted over video footage of Rockies closer Manny Corpas, who was shown by TBS cameras on Wednesday pouring liquid on the front of his jersey before entering for the ninth inning, then rubbing dirt on the area.
While tossing a perfect ninth inning to earn the save in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Corpas appeared to rub that spot as he tried to get a better grip on the ball. Pitchers aren't allowed to apply a foreign substance to the baseball. Remember the smudge on Kenny Rogers' pitching hand during Game 1 of the 2006 World Series?
"I haven't looked at the tape, so I still don't know what happened," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Until I get further direction from somebody else, we'll handle it internally."
Asked if this was a Corpas ritual, Hurdle said: "There's a lot of different things that sometimes, not just our players do, but opposing players do, to try and get some type of feel for things in an altitude situation like in Coors Field. From my understanding, he poured water on his jersey. I don't know of anything else after that. If we've got to try and redirect some opportunity for him to find a better grip on the ball, I'm sure we can do that."
For his part, Corpas laughed it off.
"It was too hot, so I poured water on my head," said Corpas, who added that he's never had an opposing team complain. "Now everybody's saying what am I doing ... 'Da-da-da.' I don't know. I normally do it in Arizona and Denver sometimes when it's hot. I don't do nothing bad."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn't appear alarmed.
"We'll watch him, but at the same time, what I got out of it was how much liquid he threw on himself," Manuel said. "It's not like he took a cup of water or something. I saw his pitches. He had some sink on the ball.
"It wasn't anything like [admitted spitball pitcher] Gaylord Perry's. Perry's ball would break this far," Manuel added, putting his hands about a foot apart.
Kyle Lohse hopes it doesn't end like this.
Lohse had gone 3-0 with a 4.72 ERA in 11 starts and two relief appearances for the Phillies, and hated the thought that his final appearance of the season -- and possibly with the team -- might have been surrendering a grand slam.
"I don't want that to be the turning point or anything like that," Lohse said. "I'm not sitting there crying over it. I'm going to go out with the intention of getting the ball in Game 4, and doing my job as a starter the next time out."
Werth in, Victorino out:
Jayson Werth started in right field on Thursday, while Shane Victorino returned to the bench.
Werth has hit .375 with a .591 slugging percentage against lefties this season.
"We need to score some runs," Manuel said.
Hurdle was a 22-year-old outfielder on the 1980 Kansas City Royals team that lost the World Series to the Phillies.
Could beating the Phillies in this series serve as revenge? Hurdle laughed at the thought.
"I got to feel the pain of being on a team that loses the World Series, and you hear comments, 'Oh, it's just so great to get there.' But once you get in, you need to win. It was a great moment for Philadelphia. It was a very disturbing moment for us from Kansas City. We thought we had a good team. We had some leads late that got away, but there's no vindication here."
Manuel said he's not likely to pitch Cole Hamels in Game 4 -- on three days' rest -- if the Phillies are trailing in the series. He's also not inclined to pitch him in relief should a situation arise in the middle innings in which a second lefty would be beneficial.
"It's tempting, but I don't think we're at that point," Manuel said.
Marty Bystrom was the youngest pitcher to start a postseason game for the Phillies. He was 22 years and 78 days old when he started Game 5 of the NLCS on Oct. 12, 1980.