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Joe Bianchino

Joe Bianchino is a producer with 104.5 The Team.  He grew up in the Capital Region and is an avid fan of all sports, including hockey, baseball, football, soccer and horse racing.  He is a die-hard Giants, Yankees and Rangers fan.
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Michael Pineda Suspended 10 Games

Just two starts after a goopy substance ignited a Red Sox-Yankees controversy, Michael Pineda took the mound against Boston again - subtly, apparently, still not something he understands.

In the second inning, the righty appeared on the Fenway Park mound with pine tar smeared across his neck.  The Sox objected, the ump investigated - not that he needed to - and Pineda was tossed, setting off a firestorm of questions like "Wait, he did what?! Again?!", and  "Are you serious?!"

Today, Major League Baseball has handed the pitcher a ten game suspension.  He will miss one start.  Is that enough?  The contributors to NoTicketSports.com debated the issue, here's part of what we had to say.

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Justin K. Aller, Getty Images
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Destination Ballparks

There's something special about a baseball park.  The smells, the sounds, the sun, everything.  Which of the major league's 30 parks would you most want to visit, though?  For me - having already been to a few - it comes down to these five. 

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Drew Hallowell, Getty Images
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Rangers-Flyers Preview

Rangers-Flyers is always a battle - a bruising, Rocky-esque prize fight.

Rangers-Flyers in the playoffs?  That'll be a war.  The type that leaves only a wasteland of flaming devastation.

The teams split their season series this year, and the bad blood that has fueled this rivalry for years was evident in each.  These two flat out don't like each other.  And now, after the Rangers bested the Flyers by two points in the Metropolitan Division, they'll meet for - probably - seven.

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Ken Schott On Union Hockey

After an exciting, 5-4 win over Boston College on Thursday, the Union Dutchmen are set to play for their first national championship in school history. On Saturday, the small, non-scholarship school who's only recently stepped into national prominence will take on one of college hockey's perennial powers, the Minnesota Gophers.

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