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Michael Pineda: Yankees Pitcher Ejected for Having Pine Tar on His Neck [Video]

Michael Pineda had pine tar all over his hand against the Red Sox in New York a couple weeks ago, so tonight at Fenway Park the Yankees starter opted to outdo himself and strolled to the mound with pine tar all over his neck. 

Pine tar was discovered on Pineda’s neck in the bottom of the second inning, a frame after he gave up two earned runs to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. With two outs and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell came out of the dugout to alert the umpiring crew of a dark-brown substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck.

Undoubtedly facing a suspension from Major League Baseball, it will be interesting to see if the commissioner’s office takes a harsher look at the events which unfolded earlier this month. In a 4-1 win over the Red Sox on April 10, Pineda pitched six strong innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just one run on four hits. The story after the game, however, was not about Pineda’s strong performance but instead a foreign substance that showed up on his hand.

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Albert Pujols Blasts 500th Career Home Run vs. Washington Nationals [Video]

With two home runs against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, Albert Pujols entrenched himself in the history books—again.

The future Hall of Famer joined the 500-home-run club with his pair of blasts, crossing yet another achievement off the list and becoming the 26th player in history to accomplish the feat, as the Los Angeles Angels Twitter feed noted:

The three-time NL MVP connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3), a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth, to become the 26th player in big league history to reach the milestone.

“It tastes better with a win,” Pujols said. “I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win.”

Pujols, who began his career with 12 straight 30-plus-home-run seasons, including six campaigns with 40 or more, became one of the fastest players—both in terms of age and seasons—to accomplish the feat.

Following an injury-plagued, disappointing season that saw Pujols hit just 17 homers in his second year with the Angels, many thought it would take the dangerous slugger until May or June to hit No. 500.

Yet here we are on April 22, and Pujols is already nearly halfway to last year’s total, leading the majors with eight jacks.

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The Easter Bunny Delivered a WWE Flying Elbow During the Nationals’ Presidents Race [Video]

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Something was a little fishy about William Howard Taft’s win during the Nationals’ Presidents’ Race on Easter Sunday. Check out as the Easter Bunny delivered a ‘Peoples Elbow’ off the top rope guardrail right before the finish line. That can’t be legal, can it?

[Video via MLB]

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Carlos Gomez, Travis Snider Ejected as Benches Clear During Brewers vs. Pirates [Video]

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected following Sunday’s benches-clearing dispute between the National League Central division rivals at PNC Park.

The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.

Gomez said he thought the ball would be caught. Instead, it hit the wall and he sped into third base, making a headfirst slide for a triple.

Cole, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.

MLB.com posted video footage of the incident, in which Gomez took off his helmet and appeared to throw punches:

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Bryce Harper Benched by Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams for ‘Lack of Hustle’ [Video]

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams benched outfielder Bryce Harper for not hustling on this groundout back to the mound during the sixth inning of Saturdays’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bryce Harper benched for not hustling against Cardinals

While no one could argue Harper was busting it down the first-base line, more egregious examples of loafing happen every night around Major League Baseball.

The 21-year-old slugger went 0-3 at the plate on Saturday before being replaced in left field by Kevin Frandsen, who drove in a run in his second at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Harper is batting .310 with five RBI and a home run to start the 2014 season.

First-year manager Williams could be trying to prove everyone on his team will be held to the same standard. If so, he succeeded in proving that point, as well as raising a few eyebrows.

[Gif via TheBigLead]

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Martin Maldonado Hits Cover off Ball and Baffles Pirates’ 3B Pedro Alvarez [Video]

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hasn’t had a ton of at bats this season, but he made the most of one during Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During the top of the sixth inning, Maldonado hit a hard grounder to third base. The hit was so hard that Maldonado actually ripped the cover off of the ball. When third baseman Pedro Alvarez had to field it, he was clearly confused, still throwing the ball to first base anyway.

[Video via MLB.com]

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