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Photo: Michael Pineda appears to have pine tar on pitching hand

It just had to be during a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, didn’t it?

Close-up shots of Yankees’ starter Michael Pineda show a substance, likely pine tar, on the heel of his pitching hand. Here are a couple of photos courtesy of the wonderful world of Twitter.

Now before things get too heated, we should note this tweet from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe:

It is generally considered an accepted practice that pitchers keep pine tar, sunscreen, or whatever somewhere on their person simply to grip the ball. It is only reported, or taken to be cheating, in the event that the pitcher is actually thought to be doctoring the baseballs he is pitching. Put another way:

That the substance is on the heel of his hand will still cause a stir in all likelihood, but as long as the Red Sox do not take up any sort of grievance, this might be something that comes and goes without incident or concern. But a talking point it will surely be, so consider yourselves warned.

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