Yankees starter Michael Pineda was at the eye of a storm in a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night after TV cameras spotted what appeared to be an enormous amount of pine tar smeared on the right-hander's pitching hand. All gooped up, he stymied the Red Sox for six innings.
Should the Sox care about the stuff on Pineda's hand?
Not if they want to keep Clay Buchholz out of trouble, said Michael Felger on Sports Tonight, recalling the controversy last season in Toronto when Buchholz was called out by Blue Jays broadcasters for having way too much sunblock on his forearm and elsewhere.
And, whaddya know? Buchholz opposed Pineda on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
"Should the Red Sox care [about Pineda]?," Felger asked. "No. Because their guy on the mound is loaded with Bullfrong sunblock, AT NIGHT! There's no way on God's green earth that [Sox manager John] Farrell is going to challenge Pineda because he knows they're going to have to check Clay."