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Neck Tar of the Gods

Signs maligning Jacoby Ellsbury were replaced with jests at Michael Pineda’s expense. On April 10 in Yankee Stadium Pineda had a splotch of pine tar on his wrist. One would think that such an incident would stop future violations of Rule 8.02. After a poor first inning Pineda’s pine tar appeared on his neck. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley, Jr. flied out for the first two outs of the second when John Farrell halted the proceedings. After conversing with Farrell Gerry Davis inspected Pineda and quickly found the offending foreign substance. Pineda was ejected on the spot and a 10-day suspension was issued today. The starter will not appeal the ruling. Joe Girardi fiddled with the ESPN camera mounted in the Yankees dugout because it followed Pineda down the tunnel to the visitors clubhouse. This isn’t like the National Security Agency using the Heartbleed bug to spy on people. No one, including the disgraced pitcher, has any expectation of privacy in the tunnel. Derek Jeter wished camera weren’t recording a few of his moments on the field last night. This mishandling of A.J. Pierzynski’s batted ball in the first inning won’t make it to the retirement tour commemorative video. This...

You Can’t Spell Pineda Without Pine

Pine tar, that is. Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the fifth. Xander Bogaerts broke up the string with a single laced into left field. Coincidentally (?) Pineda no longer had the conspicuous patch of pine tar from the fifth inning forward. In the post-game interview Pineda said it was dirt and that no one spoke to him about it. Speaking of dirty game-playing, Henry Kissinger is a fan of the Yankees. Perhaps Samantha Power, Ambassador to the United Nations and Red Sox fan, was trying to turn him away from the dark side. Don Orsillo finally uncovered something interesting: Jimmy Hoffa’s resting place. The Red Sox have three more games to bury the Yankees as David Ortiz’s jersey was entombed in Stade Fasciste’s foundations. Game 10: April 10, 2014 Boston Red Sox4-6 1 L: Clay Buchholz (0-1) 2B: David Ortiz (3)HR: Daniel Nava (1) New York Yankees5-5 4 W: Michael Pineda (0-1)H: Cesar Cabral (1)S: David Phelps (1) 2B: Derek Jeter (2)HR: Dean Anna (1)...


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