“When I said it I guess my emotions got the best of me,” he explained. “There’s speculation and I kind of verbalized it and that’s it.”
Lincecum had one of his best outings Friday in the series opener between two teams still fighting for the playoffs. He retired his first 15 batters and allowed just one run on two hits over eight innings.
“I did see him in the weight room,” Tulowitzki said. “I said, ‘C’mon, you just pitched a two-hitter against us. How juiced can the balls be?’ He said some of them feel like they’re big, some of them feel like they’re small. I don’t know, he had some of his best stuff.”
Neither manager wanted to get involved.
“I don’t know a thing about it. I can’t even tell you where the hell the humidor room really is,” Rockies skipper Jim Tracy said. “Since I was asked to manage this club nobody’s asked me to approve any baseballs, nobody’s asked me to rub any of them up, nobody’s asked me if these have been in the humidor. It’s absolutely none of my business.”
Tulowitzki said he’s never seen different balls being used when the Rockies are up.
“I don’t know what the whole story is, if they think we’re changing balls. All I know is, before I go on deck I stand in the same spot every time, right next to the bucket of balls, and it’s never being switched,” he said.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was concentrating on the pennant race, but having the umpires keep an eye on the balls before they’re put in play erases any doubt about foul play.
“We’re not thinking about the humidor, we’re just trying to win games,” he said. “There’s a process and you trust the process. That’s the way it has to be. If there’s any eyebrows raised, it takes that away.”