Players know pitchers try for better grip on ball
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.''