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Michael Pineda has defended himself against allegations that he had pine tar on his hand during his outing Thursday night against Boston. Television cameras seemed to catch a shiny substance on his right hand during the third inning of the game. "I don't use pine tar," Pineda said. "It's dirt." 

This should be a hotbed of controversy for some time now, at least until Pineda's next start. The images were all over ESPN and the MLB Network Thursday night and while it looked like a shiny, pine tar-like substance, Pineda did nothing to hide it throughout the game. In fact, he often held his palm up facing home plate and the umpire never seemed to notice or say anything. You can bet the TV cameras will be locked onto his right hand next week when he faces the Cubs.ANALYST: Howard Bender

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