Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda caught with substance on hand, cheating? Joe Girardi, John Farrell react (PHOTOS)

By Brian Flood ( @briansflood
on Apr 11, 2014 09:42 AM EDT
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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was caught on camera with a brown substance on his hand during the Yankees 4-1 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday.

"It's dirt. Between the innings, I'm sweating too much, my hand. I'm putting dirt - I'm grasping the dirt. ... I'm not using pine tar," Pineda told reporters, according to the AP.

We have no information on what the substance actually is. It’s probably not dirt. Dirt isn’t that shiny. Hot fudge? Motor oil? It’s presumably pine tar, which would get Pineda in some hot water with Major League Baseball. However, nobody important seems to really care.

"I became aware of it in the fourth inning through the video that someone had seen," Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters, according to the AP. "And then, when he came back out for the fifth inning, it looked, based on where it was told to me it was located, it looked like the palm of his right hand was clean."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi sounded annoyed that he was repeatedly asked about the substance, and simply repeated “I never saw it. There's nothing really for me to talk about," when questioned by media.

Whatever the reason, Pineda was nasty, throwing six innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits and striking out seven. Check out the Twitter reaction and judge for yourself if he was cheating on Thursday night.

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