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Foreign substances on mound nothing new

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1973 file photo, home plate umpire John Flaherty checks Cleveland Indians' pitcher Gaylord Perry's cap, at the request of Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall,  during the first game of a doubleheader against the Brewers,  in Milwaukee. Well after the end of his Hall of Fame career, Perry could still joke about his infamous spitball, but in 1982, the Seattle star was ejected for allegedly throwing the pitch against the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1973 file photo, home plate umpire John Flaherty checks Cleveland Indians' pitcher Gaylord Perry's cap, at the request of Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall, during the first game of a doubleheader against the Brewers, in Milwaukee. Well after the end of his Hall of Fame career, Perry could still joke about his infamous spitball, but in 1982, the Seattle star was ejected for allegedly throwing the pitch against the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1987 file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro tosses his glove to home plate umpire Tim Tscida after the umpire stopped the game between the Twins and Angels in Anaheim, Calif.  Niekro was thrown from the game after the umpires reportly found an emery board on Niekro and called him for defacing the baseball. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1987 file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro tosses his glove to home plate umpire Tim Tscida after the umpire stopped the game between the Twins and Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Niekro was thrown from the game after the umpires reportly found an emery board on Niekro and called him for defacing the baseball. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon, File)

  • FILE - In this June 19, 2012 file photo, umpire Chris Guccione leaves with the glove of Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta during the eighth inning of the Rays' baseball game against the Washington Nationals, in Washington. Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning for having a foreign substance on his glove. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    FILE - In this June 19, 2012 file photo, umpire Chris Guccione leaves with the glove of Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta during the eighth inning of the Rays' baseball game against the Washington Nationals, in Washington. Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning for having a foreign substance on his glove. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1988 file photo, umpire crew chief Harry Wendelstedt, left, signals the ejection of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jay Howell, rear right, after a possible illegal substance was found in Howell's glove in the eighth inning of  a playoff game, in New York. Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, foreground center, talks to Wendelstedt. The rest of the players are unidentified. Howell was suspended for two games during the 1988 NL championship series against the New York Mets after he was found to have pine tar on his glove.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1988 file photo, umpire crew chief Harry Wendelstedt, left, signals the ejection of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jay Howell, rear right, after a possible illegal substance was found in Howell's glove in the eighth inning of a playoff game, in New York. Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, foreground center, talks to Wendelstedt. The rest of the players are unidentified. Howell was suspended for two games during the 1988 NL championship series against the New York Mets after he was found to have pine tar on his glove.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1973 file photo, home plate umpire John Flaherty checks Cleveland Indians' pitcher Gaylord Perry's cap, at the request of Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall,  during the first game of a doubleheader against the Brewers,  in Milwaukee. Well after the end of his Hall of Fame career, Perry could still joke about his infamous spitball, but in 1982, the Seattle star was ejected for allegedly throwing the pitch against the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1987 file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro tosses his glove to home plate umpire Tim Tscida after the umpire stopped the game between the Twins and Angels in Anaheim, Calif.  Niekro was thrown from the game after the umpires reportly found an emery board on Niekro and called him for defacing the baseball. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon, File)
  • FILE - In this June 19, 2012 file photo, umpire Chris Guccione leaves with the glove of Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta during the eighth inning of the Rays' baseball game against the Washington Nationals, in Washington. Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning for having a foreign substance on his glove. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1988 file photo, umpire crew chief Harry Wendelstedt, left, signals the ejection of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jay Howell, rear right, after a possible illegal substance was found in Howell's glove in the eighth inning of  a playoff game, in New York. Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, foreground center, talks to Wendelstedt. The rest of the players are unidentified. Howell was suspended for two games during the 1988 NL championship series against the New York Mets after he was found to have pine tar on his glove.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

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’s 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.

MANAGERIAL SQUABBLE: Davey Johnson, who managed the Mets in the 1988 NLCS, was leading the Washington Nationals in 2012 when he raised questions about the glove of Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta. Umpires found pine tar, Peralta was ejected. The incident led to a testy back-and-forth between Johnson and Rays Manager Joe Maddon, who insisted it was “underhanded” of Johnson to use inside information against Peralta, who had previously pitched for the Nationals. Maddon said pine tar use is “common knowledge in the industry” and doesn’t help a pitcher that much anyway. Johnson’s response: “Read the rulebook.”

PLEADING IGNORANCE: Last season, Miami’s Alex Sanabia was caught spitting directly onto the ball and said he didn’t know that was illegal. His actions were so blatant that the explanation seemed credible. He would pitch only once more for the Marlins before going down with a groin injury.

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