John Farrell calls time and walks to home plate to report suspicion to home plate umpire Gerry Davis. Sure enough, Pineda has pine tar on his neck.
If it's not the offense, it's the pitching. If it's not the pitching, it's the defense. The Sox are finding the start of this 2014 season a bit problematic.
After calling attention to repeat offender Michael Pineda and the banned substance on his neck, the Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees, 5-1, behind a superb start from John Lackey.
1yThe Red Sox tuned out all the drama and took care of business against the Texas Rangers Monday night, 9-2. Aaron Cook gave up one run in seven innings and Boston's top of the order did the rest.
1yThe Red Sox front office was out in full force on Monday backing Bobby Valentine and his job as Sox manager. But Joe Haggerty writes that having Bobby V's back isn't the right decision.
1yMaureen Mullen has the collection of pregame Red Sox notes before the Sox take on the Rangers on Monday, August, 6
1yDavid Ortiz received an injection in his right heel in the hopes it would speed up his return to the game. Bobby Valentine was hesitant to put a timetable on it though.
1yBobby Valentine avoids direct answers to most questions about his job security.
1yIn an e-mail sent to several media members, Red Sox owner John Henry says Bobby Valentine isn't to blame for the team's troubles this year.MORE: Valentine deflects questions about job security
1yPapi was expected back last week, but we're still waiting on a return