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.