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Gibbons reacts to substance seen on Pineda's hand

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BALTIMORE -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got plenty of attention after appearing to have something on his hand during part of Thursday's win over the Red Sox. His first game of the year was vs. the Blue Jays last week, and they didn't see anything.

But manager John Gibbons said that if Pineda did have stuff on his hand, he wouldn't be the first pitcher in baseball to do that.

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BALTIMORE -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got plenty of attention after appearing to have something on his hand during part of Thursday's win over the Red Sox. His first game of the year was vs. the Blue Jays last week, and they didn't see anything.

But manager John Gibbons said that if Pineda did have stuff on his hand, he wouldn't be the first pitcher in baseball to do that.

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"It was obvious he had something on there," Gibbons said. "A lot of guys in baseball use that stuff. A lot of guys use stuff and they use it for grips. That's just a fact. That's been going on in baseball forever. I mean, that was pretty obvious what he had on there."

Pineda gave up one run and threw six innings in Toronto's 4-0 win over the Yankees last Saturday. He earned the win in Thursday's game vs. the Red Sox.

Gibbons said things will be different now because so many people noticed what Pineda had on his hand Thursday.

"If you can hide [it] a little better than that, you probably won't run into troubles," Gibbons said. "I've got to believe teams will be looking for it now."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com.

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