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NEW YORK — A day after the strange substance on Michael Pineda’s pitching hand hijacked the attention from the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Red Sox Thursday night, both teams seemed more concerned with moving forward and treating the mini-controversy like a non-issue.
The substance was initially noticed between the third and fourth innings by NESN’s broadcast team, which raised the possibility that it might have been pine tar. But after the fifth inning, it was gone.
After reviewing the game, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre said that since the Red Sox didn’t make umpires aware of the substance, there would be no consequences for Pineda but that he intended to discuss what happened with the Yankees.