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MLB has no plans to suspend Yankees' Pineda

The Sports Xchange
April 11. 2014 8:38PM

Detail view of the throwing hand of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) during Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Major League Baseball does not plan to suspended New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who may have had pine tar on his throwing hand Thursday night while pitching against the Boston Red Sox.

Televised replays of Pineda’s right hand showed what appeared to be a foreign substance, perhaps pine tar. Pineda said there was only dirt on his hand when asked about it after the game.

Pineda allowed one run in six innings while striking out seven in the Yankees’ 4-1 win.

MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told the New York Post on Friday that the league plans to discuss the matter with the Yankees

“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” Torre said. “Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”

Last year, Red Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester were accused of using a foreign substance while pitching.

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