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Red Sox would have complained about pitcher’s pine tar

NEW YORK – The Red Sox would have complained about Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s use of pine tar if the pitcher had still been wearing it on his hand after the fifth inning, a team source said.

The Red Sox did not see the pine tar on Pineda’s hand on the field. The team was OK with pine tar use by pitchers in order to get a good grip, but the blatant and brazen nature of Pineda’s display of it angered the Red Sox after they saw the NESN feed of the video.

Pineda moved the substance to his forearm, which was OK with the team.


Red Sox pitchers use something to get a grip on the ball, so the team doesn’t want to protest too loudly. But apparently there’s a right way and wrong way to cheat, and Pineda being so out in the open about it did not sit well with the Red Sox.

The team didn’t believe Pineda gained any advantage with movement on his pitches by using the pine tar.

The Commissioner’s office has already issued a statement from executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre indicating he will not discipline Pineda. He said he would talk to the Yankees.

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