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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
Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI on Friday night.
Morales has been more than the Mariners could have asked for so far this season, as he is sporting a very formidable .305 average and has clocked six dingers so far this season. His 37 RBI are also impressive for someone who many thought was finished a couple of seasons ago, as his health has been more than serviceable during this 2015 campaign. It might be unfair to expect him to finish the season above .300, but 20+ home runs are not out of the question for the switch-hitting DH. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Lance Lynn allowed five runs on 10 hits across five innings on Friday night.
Lynn didn’t look like himself on Friday night, as even though he lasted six innings, he allowed 11 baserunners and five runs. He also struggled to strikeout four batters, which is also something that is uncharacteristic for the 28-year-old right hander. This appears to be a blip in an otherwise solid campaign so far this season, so don’t put too much stock into the subpar outing on Friday night. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Chris Young pitched a shutout across six innings on Friday night.
As a spot starter, Young has been very impressive, allowing only three runs across two outings so far this season. Unless he is getting the start, he holds little fantasy value, and even then, his low strikeout rate will limit what he can offer, but if you are in desperate need of a run stopper, Young might just be the guy to enlist going forward. Analysis: Dom Murtha