After cameras caught Michael Pineda using an egregious amount of pine tar (or, according to Pineda, “dirt”) on his palm against the Red Sox earlier this month, he tried to pull the same schtick again on Wednesday night at Fenway.

Unfortunately for Pineda, John Farrell is not dumb enough to be fooled twice.

Pineda was ejected from the game in the second inning after Farrell asked umpires to investigate the Yankee pitcher’s neck, which played host to a pretty obvious glob of pine tar. The umps were not fooled.


I understand that plenty of pitchers use pine tar or other substances to help give them an edge, but is there anybody worse on earth at hiding it than Pineda? It would not appear so.