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Players know pitchers try for better grip on ball

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014

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."