By D.J. Short, Hardball Talk
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda dominated the Red Sox early and held them to a run on four hits in six innings on Thursday night 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. Take a look at the photo above.
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.