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The week that was

April 27, 2014
Minot Daily News

STICKY SITUATION What? A?pitcher in Major League Baseball caught using pine tar to help improve his grip on the ball? We're shocked? Actually, what shocks us is the apparent cluelessness of New York?Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who was ejected from the game on Wednesday after umpires found a glob of pine tar on his neck, in plain view of anyone with decent eyesight. This is the same guy who was suspected of having pine tar on his hand in a game earlier this season against the same Boston?Red Sox. In that game, the substance miraculously disappeared after a few innings and the Red Sox did not officially ask the umpires to check Pineda's hand. But on?Wednesday there was no denying what was on Pineda's neck. Really??Can't a professional baseball player be at least a little bit sneaky about cheating? We know that using pine tar or other foreign substances happens more than we think, but when it's such an obvious violation of the rules, we wonder what Pineda was thinking. He was suspended for 10 games, and deserves every bit of it.



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