Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine, who accused Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley last week of cutting up baseballs, isn't the first person to notice the pitcher's handiwork. The Yankees, Twins and California Angels claim to have collected some of Eckersley's sculpted balls, as well. "He really gets deep railroad track marks into the ball with heavy-gauge sandpaper," says one Twins coach. "They're the same marks Joe Niekro made. The only difference is that Niekro's balls didn't do anything."
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