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PHOTO: Did Michael Pineda use pine tar tonight against the Red Sox?

Apr 10, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has dominated the Red Sox so far tonight and it looks like he could be using some pine tar to help shut them down. Or at least improve his grip on the baseball. You be the judge:

source:  This is probably more common that we realize, but that looks pretty obvious. Interestingly, Pineda is starting tonight against Clay Buchholz, who was accused of using sunscreen on a baseball last year. Also, don’t forget that some suspected that Jon Lester used a substance to doctor the baseball during the World Series against the Cardinals. The Red Sox are surely aware of what Pineda is doing, but maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that John Farrell hasn’t complained.

UPDATE: According to the YES broadcast of the game, it looks like Pineda no longer has the substance on his hand.

UPDATE II: Pineda struck out seven batters over six innings of one-run ball for his first victory in MLB since July 30, 2011. Per Erik Boland of New York Newsday, Pineda said after the game that he had dirt on his hand. Alrighty then. Meanwhile, David Ortiz told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that “everybody uses pine tar” and it’s “not a big deal.” Umpire Brian O’Nora told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that “the Red Sox didn’t bring it to our attention so there’s nothing we can so about it.”

  1. crawdaddybob - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Why in the f*** is this a top story? Who gives a flying f***!!

    • aresachaela - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Because what truly is in that picture is S%*T!! No wonder why.

  2. sixchr - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Let me take this opportunity to take a shot at my fellow Red Sox fans: shut up you hypocrites. My god the crap I had to hear from fans, writers, team analysts, etc. when crap like this came up with Buchholz and Lester last season about how they were “too good to cheat” or how it was just “dirt build up in the glove over the course of the year.” Give me a freakin’ break. EVERYONE cheats in baseball. They always have and they always will. Stop crying about it because your guys are doing the exact same thing.

    • aresachaela - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      “Redsox Suck!” HAHAHAHA I never get tired saying that!. And LMAO!? Do you really think that Baseball is the only sport where cheating occurs? No way!!

      • drewzducks - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:25 AM

        If you think the Sox suck, then your team must be the equivalent of that $h!t on Pineda’s hand.

      • doc - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:34 AM

        You ought to be a comedian. Just hysterical.

      • aresachaela - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Thank you thank you just doing my job 😎.

      • sabatimus - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Yeah, the Sox suck so bad that they won the Series last year. And the first thing I thought of was Buchholz when I saw the substance. Looked like pine tar to me. But whatever it was, Pineda saying it was “dirt” was a crock…perhaps there was dirt IN the substance. But if that was dirt that’s some kind of Chernobyl nuclear dirt.

    • sabatimus - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Who was crying about it on this board at the time of your writing?

      • sabatimus - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        My bad, thought this was the first page of comments…

  3. taftfan88 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    I’m afraid we are going to have to start paddling pitchers hands if they get caught doing this.

  4. jolink653 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Even Ortiz said this wasn’t a big deal. The alternative (if it was pine tar) would be that he didn’t have a good grip, may have hit someone as a result and possibly injured someone. Lester and Buchholz were accused of a similar thing last year, and that wasn’t a big deal either. Give credit where it’s due: Pineda pitched a great game tonight

    • Maxa - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:15 AM

      I don’t have much of a problem with pitchers using pine tar. It’s just that it seems incredibly awkward to have an arrangement where everyone implicitly agrees to break the rules (and at the same time deny that they are doing so). I mean, this can’t be the optimal arrangement, can it?

      • zackd2 - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        I thought MLB has said it’s not cheating – that if it’s for added grip then it’s not cheating.

      • jolink653 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        I agree with you in that it’s a slightly awkward understanding, but if the league gave the okay to officially use things like pine tar and sunscreen on the ball, players would immediately push the boundaries and start cutting and scuffing the ball while claiming that it’s not a breach of the rules.

        I think most of the complaining comes from the team that loses the game, and that complaining stems from them being frustrated when they have a hard time hitting the ball. I hate the Sox, but did not have any problem with Lester and Buchholz using it (if they did). I’d much rather have that than have a pitcher lose his grip on the ball and sailing it at the batter’s head

  5. southernballhawk1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Of corse he did!! The Yankees can’t win if they don’t cheat.

    • doc - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      “Yankees can’t win if they don’t cheat.”

      Red Sox fan since 1966 says,

      14 divisional championships in 21 years (1993-2013)
      17 post season appearances in last 19 years
      7 World Series appearances since 1996, with 5 WS titles

      • doc - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:59 AM

        14 divisional championships in 20 years (1994-2013)

      • southernballhawk1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Ever take into consideration I wasn’t talking about the past but rather the present day Yankees. But leave it to a Yankees fan to bring up every thing they have ever achieved in there history of existence when no one was talking about the past.

      • sabatimus - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Oh look, a history lesson! Thanks!

      • doc - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:01 AM

        You’re velcome

      • doc - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:00 AM


        I’ve been a Sox fan for almost 50 years.

        Not talking about the past, eh? The last 19 years is going back too far for you?

  6. ch0psuey - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    New York Baseball is seething in the gutter I wouldnt doubt anything.

  7. 461deep - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Pineda clearly had a substance on his palm big or no big deal. Not taking sides but 1 question is why do umpires need someone on the other team to point it out? They call balks, excess jewelry infractions on their own. Red Sox offense not doing well this year. They need another .280 power OF.

  8. ejannetta - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Cry baby Bum Sox fans…Bucholtz was accused last year of using a foreign substance on the ball.
    Then we have Big Sloppy who has been juicing for years. The guy weighed like 180 lbs when he came to the Sox, but soon hooked up with Manny and before you know it he looks like someone in the WWE.

  9. psousa1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Relax you little red sox haters…………..from the gist of what was said after the game – Ortiz, David Ross: they said they didn’t care. They would rather have the pitcher have a grip on the ball than get hit in the head.

    Red Sox are going to win this division again anyway.

    • miguelcairo - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      lol no

  10. bobwsc - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    its either dirt or he needs a lesson on how to wipe his backside with some Charmin and not barehanded.

  11. twinfan24 - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    That’s some pretty shiny dirt! Since this issue comes up occasionally, shouldn’t the umps just check the pitchers quickly every inning? The pitcher could swing by the ump on the way to the mound easily enough.

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