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Buck Showalter Hoped Michael Pineda Used Pine Tar in 1st Start Back for Yankees

August 13th, 2014 at 9:31 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't bashful for his support of the use of pine tar by Major League Baseball pitchers, and he even hoped Michael Pineda would use it in his first start back for the New York Yankees since coming off the 60-day disabled list.

Pineda was busted back on April 23 against the Boston Red Sox when the substance was found on his neck, first by manager John Farrell, which was then reported to umpires who tossed Pineda from the contest. Pineda received a 10-game ban for his violation.

But Showalter openly defended Pineda before his start on Wednesday, per Brendan Kuty of

Showalter would be accurate in his statement, at least in Farrell's case.

Both of his pitchers, now former ace Jon Lester and current Boston rotation member Clay Buchholz, have been caught by the viewing public using foreign substances during games.

Despite his support for the use of pine tar, it would be interesting to see if Showalter would have the same stance if Pineda was so blatantly using the foreign substances while dominating the Orioles.

Pineda was dominant in his return to the mound sans pine tar. The 25-year-old right-hander threw five innings of one-run ball, while allowing just two hits and striking out four in 67 pitches. He was slated to throw upwards of 85 pitches in the game, but was pulled in the fifth inning with 18 pitches to spare.

Showalter has been great for some quotes during this series. He first said that Derek Jeter was almost right where he should have been for the infamous flip play, although Buck argues that Jeter was a few steps late.

He also said that the Orioles should gift Jeter a picture of the Jeffrey Maier play autographed by the entire team.

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