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“There was pine tar on his glove,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you if it was more or if it was less and I can’t deny that it was there.”

Asked if it was accidental, Maddon said: “I didn’t say that,” and intimated that there wouldn’t be too many pitchers or position players who agreed with what Johnson did.

Asked if he felt, then, that what Peralta was doing was not cheating, Maddon said: “I didn’t say that. Joel is using pine tar. He had pine tar in his glove. I’m saying that to suggest that he’s the only one who’s doing it is inappropriate.”

This is not the first time the Nationals have been involved in an incident like this. In June of 2005, they were in Anaheim when they instructed the umpires to examine the glove of Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly. Donnelly was found to have pine tar in his glove that night and an altercation ensued between both teams and managers Mike Scioscia and Frank Robinson. Tschida also umpired that game, and he noted that this incident was much tamer.

At the end of the series, it was Jose Guillen, who’d played for the Angels the previous season and was removed from the team in the playoffs, who admitted to tipping off Robinson and the Nationals. Then he called Scioscia “a piece of garbage.” Scioscia’s bench coach that night? Maddon.

Maddon left his post-game press conference with one thought for Johnson and the Nationals as they send Stephen Strasburg to the mound on Wednesday in the series’ middle game.

“Before you start throwing rocks,” Maddon said. “Understand where you live.”