Players know pitchers try for better grip on ball

HOWIE RUMBERG (AP Sports Writer)
April 11, 2014
Players know pitchers try for better grip on ball
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Using a suspicious substance for a better hold of the baseball on cool days is not such a sticky situation.

Whether it's the Yankees' Michael Pineda with a mysterious brown goo on his hand, Boston's Jon Lester with a green smudge in his glove or Houston's Josh Zeid spraying something on his forearm before entering a recent game, most major leaguers don't care whether pitchers get a little help - even though it's against the Official Baseball Rules.

To some, it's preferable.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino says ''it's an unwritten rule in the game. I'm sure a lot of pitchers do it.''