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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) is ejected from the game for using a foreign substance during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (USA TODAY Sports: Bob DeChiara)

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Pineda’s use of pine tar exposes unwritten rule

Reaction ranges from embarrassment to hilarity

A pitcher using pine tar to improve his grip in cold weather appears to be a common practice in Major League Baseball, but smearing it on your neck for easy access is a no-no, as New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda found out.


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