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Pine tar not an issue on Mass. high school mounds

When New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was caught with pine tar on his neck at Fenway Park on April 23, it launched a national discussion among baseball pundits about whether the substance should be legal for Major League Baseball pitchers. Many believe everyone is doing it, tossing the issue into the same light as the drinking age or legalizing marijuana.

But when does the use of pine tar begin in baseball culture? Across Massachusetts, there appears to be a consensus that pitchers do not use pine tar in high school.

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