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Yankees pitcher Pineda doctoring baseball against Red Sox? If so, he may have done it to Blue Jays as well

- April 10th, 2014

New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda may have brought a little something extra to his game Thursday night.

The right-hander definitely had more zip on the ball … or was it something else?

Eagle-eyed observers caught what may have been a foreign substance on Pineda’s palm during his start against the Boston Red Sox. NESN broadcasters Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy noted the substance looked like pine tar.

Here’s a photo by USA Today’s Anthony Gruppuso of Pineda’s hand Thursday.

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Pineda delivered a great outing, pitching six innings and allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts.

After the game, he gave an explanation.

His counterpart on the mound, Clay Buchholz, faced a similar sticky situation last May when the Red Sox right-hander was accused of doctoring the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sticking with the Blue Jays, photos from Pineda’s last start — April 5 in Toronto — show a similar discolouration in his palm. The following is a shot by QMI Agency’s Veronica Henri.

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Will anything come of this?

Probably not.

Major League Baseball seemed to take absolutely no interest last fall after Boston all but admitted Jon Lester packed rosin in his glove during Game 1 of the World Series to get a better grip on the ball.

It’s also clear the Red Sox either didn’t notice or didn’t care about it Thursday night.

Figures.

@AVPreports

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1 comment

  1. Sir Edmond Baconator | April 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Cheatin bastard……………

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