PHOTO: Yankees Michael Pineda seen with foreign substance on hand

  • David Whitlock

As the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox face off in the first of the 2014 rivalry games for the American League East favorites, controversy has already inserted itself.  Pete Abraham, beat writer for the Boston Globe, is among many tweeting photos of Pineda’s hand showing a brownish sticky substance near the wrist:

A few other angles from the Twitterverse



The Red Sox did not raise the issue with the umpires, note that Sox hurler Clay Buchholz was accused of having a foreign substance on his arm last year, to which they defended vigorously.  According to Gordon Edes of, Pineda had his hand wiped clean by the 5th inning:

When Pineda — who after the game said the substance was dirt — came out for the fifth inning, Farrell said it appeared the pitcher’s hand had been wiped clean, so the manager never brought it to the attention of the umpiring crew.

“No one said a word,” umpiring crew chief Brian O’Nora said. “The Red Sox didn’t bring it to our attention, so there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Pineda played the “dirt card” (via Edes):

“I don’t use pine tar,” he said. “It’s dirt. I’m sweating on my hand too much in between innings.”

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell apparently doesn’t follow Twitter from the dugout and was unaware (via Edes):

“…a foreign substance is illegal, but by the time we became aware of it, it was gone.”

I guess this sort of thing isn’t reviewable.  Or is it? You wonder if the League will weigh in?

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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