Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Yanks' Pineda won't face MLB penalty

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it will not suspend Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for having what appeared to be pine tar on his right hand during the first four innings of his start Thursday against the Red Sox.

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

Television images showed a substance on Pineda's throwing hand in the early innings, but his right hand was clean when he came out for the fifth inning of his eventual 4-1 victory.

"A foreign substance is illegal, but by the time we became aware of it, it was gone," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game.

When Pineda came out for the fifth, Farrell said it appeared the hand had been cleaned, so he never went to the umpires.

Pineda allowed four hits and struck out seven in six innings.

"I don't use pine tar," Pineda said when asked about the substance after the game. "It's dirt. I'm sweating on my hand too much in between innings."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he heard from MLB on Friday but had no plans to talk to Pineda.

"I talked to (MLB vice president of baseball operations) Joe Torre, he gave me a holler. It's a resolved issue," said Cashman, who did not elaborate.

Union miffed: Players union head Tony Clark asked the commissioner's office to investigate comments attributed to unidentified executives in an espn.com story estimating what they would offer SS Stephen Drew and DH Kendrys Morales, who remain free agents. The story said executives were asked if they had a need at one of those positions, what would their offers be. The range was from $3 million to $12 million.

Diamondbacks: The team reached agreement with 37-year-old veteran pitcher Randy Wolf on a minor-league contract.

Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig (strained left thumb) was back in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (left quad strain) will rest and be re-evaluated but he will not go on DL yet, espn.com reported.

Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire missed Friday's game and will miss today's game against Kansas City to attend the funeral of Michael Hirschbeck, the son of umpire John Hirschbeck who died Tuesday at age 27 after a battle with adrenoleukodystrophy, a disease that affects the brain and nervous system. … LF Josh Willingham is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list today. He was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Sunday in Cleveland.

Japan's lively baseballs: Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki apologized "for causing a commotion" after random tests showed the official ball is livelier than it should be. Balls will be retested and Kumazaki has asked ball manufacturer Mizuno to explain the livelier balls.

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