"All I know is he pitched extremely well and we are glad to have him back."

These are the words New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi repeated when asked about his winning pitcher Michael Pineda during his post-game press conference after beating the Red Sox 4-1.

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During the game, the camera caught the 25-year-old Pineda with a brown "tar"-like substance on the bottom of the pitcher's throwing hand. Pineda quickly shot the accusations down saying, "I don't use pine tar. It's dirt. I'm sweating on my hand too much in between innings."

Red Sox coach John Farrell didn't seem too bothered by it. "Cool weather, looking to get a grip. I can't say it's uncommon," he said. "Guys look to create a grip, but typically you're not looking to be as blatant."

According to MLB rule 8.02, "A pitcher may not "apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball." Rule 8.02 (b) a pitcher may not "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section (b) the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically."

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