Phillies’ offense has taken off in aftermath of baseball’s sticky-stuff crackdown and other observations from 11-2 rout of Red Sox

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

BOSTON — Rhys Hoskins and J.D. Martinez were making small talk the other night about the biggest topic in baseball through the first half of the season. And the sluggers agreed that MLB’s enforcement of an existing rule that forbids a pitcher from using illegal foreign substances on the ball has given the sport a much-needed infusion of offense. “One-hundred percent,” Martinez said. “I think the whole league has seen a difference. I was at first base talking to Rhys Hoskins about it, and he’s like, ‘It’s amazing. It’s such a difference now.’” By itself, the ban on sticky stuff didn’t explain H…

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