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Foreign substances on mound nothing new

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014

Michael Pineda is only the latest in a long line of pitchers suspected of nefarious conduct on the mound.

After the New York Yankees' right-hander kept Boston's offense in check for six innings Thursday night, postgame talk centered on the dark, seemingly tacky substance that had been on the lower palm of Pineda's pitching hand. The game was never stopped for an umpire to examine Pineda.

Previous hurlers haven't been so lucky. Here are six other noteworthy controversies involving the men of the mound:

PERRY EJECTED: Well after the end of his Hall of Fame career, Gaylord Perry could still joke about his infamous spitball. In 1982, the Seattle star was ejected for allegedly throwing the pitch against the Boston Red Sox. It was the first ejection for Perry, who was subsequently suspended for 10 days.

SANDY SITUATIONS: In 1987, Philadelphia pitcher Kevin Gross was suspended for 10 days after he was caught with sandpaper in his glove. That same year, Minnesota's Joe Niekro also got 10 days for carrying an emery board and sandpaper in his back pocket.

PLAYOFF BAN: Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jay Howell was suspended for two days during the 1988 NL championship series against the New York Mets after he was found to have pine tar on his glove.

SUSPICIOUS SMUDGE: Early in Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, umpires asked Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers to clean off his left hand, concerned about a brown smudge on the base of his thumb. Rogers insisted it was just a mix of mud, resin, spit and dirt. Rogers' hand was clean when he came out for the second inning, and he went on to pitch shutout ball in the Tigers' only victory of the series against St. Louis.

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