Bobby Brown, president of the American League, yesterday reviewed tapes of Monday's game between the California Angels and the New York Yankees to see if pitcher Don Sutton of the Angels was scuffing the ball.
If Brown has decided anything, he hasn't yet said what.
"The umpires haven't reported it and nothing's been sent in yet, not the balls or what was on the glove," a spokesman said. "The only people who have accused him are the Yankee broadcasters."
TV cameras zoomed in on Sutton's hands during the game, which the Yankees won, 3-2, in Anaheim, Calif. Don Carney, who runs the show for New York's WPIX-TV, said he isolated a camera on Sutton partly because of reputation.
"When Sutton took his glove off he was rubbing his pitching hand into the palm of his hand and, when he removed it, you could see in the center of his palm a little square," Carney said.
Sutton said the Band-Aid covered a blister. The Yankees didn't ask that any balls be checked, although home plate umpire Rick Reed tossed out the ball after Rick Cerone struck out in the fifth inning.
Jim Palmer, who used to pitch for the Baltimore Orioles, said Sutton told him several years ago how to scuff balls.
Palmer said he tried it once "in the bullpen" but "the sandpaper kept falling off my hand and my skin was coming off because glue was taking it with it. All I got was Super Glue burn."
He pitched against Sutton in the last game of the 1982 season, the game that decided the AL pennant. Palmer said Sutton rubbed the league president's name off one ball. "I showed it to the umpire," Palmer said, "and he just kind of laughed . . .
"If you can get away with it," Palmer said, "more power to you."