Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for having pine tar on his neck

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was thrown out of last night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for having an illegal substance on his neck. It is believed that the illegal substance was pine tar.

Pine tar allows a pitcher to get a better grip on the ball. Grip is good. Baseball being baseball, hitters are allowed to use pine tar, pitchers are not. With that said, it’s kind of an unwritten rule that nothing will be said about a pitcher useng pine tar when it’s cold, as long as they aren’t being obvious about using it. In cold weather, it’s harder to grip the ball. Pineda’s problem last night was that it wasn’t cold and he was being very obvious about it. He had it right on his neck for the world to see. Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpire to check Pineda’s neck and the rest was history.

The Red Sox went on to win the game 5-1.

As fate would have it, last night’s game was televised nationally on ESPN. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from the four-letter network alerted the Red Sox about the pine tar on Pineda’s neck, knowing that the inspection and subsequent ejection would create lots of drama.

If there’s one thing ESPN likes is drama.

I’m not so sure it was Pineda’s fault. Once I saw a magician pull a quarter out from behind a young girl’s ear. Who was responsible for producing the quarter, the girl? I don’t think so. For all we know, a magician or a wizard could have put the pine tar on Pineda’s next. I couldn’t help but notice that although the umpiring crew checked Pineda for foreign substances, they didn’t check the stands for wizards or magicians.

I guess we’ll never know.

Manny Machado to start minor league rehab assignment Friday in Frederick

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Baltimore Orioles Platinum Glove third baseman Manny Machado begins a rehab assignment this Friday for the Frederick Keys, the Orioles High-A minor league affiliate. Machado had surgery on his left knee during the offseason and has been in Sarasota at the Orioles’ spring training facility recuperating.

Tickets for this weekend in Frederick are still available, for now, at the Frederick Keys official website. As more area Oriole fans in the area learn about the assignment, tickets should go pretty fast. Manny Machado is to the Orioles what Bryce Harper is to the Washington Nationals, except Machado actually graduated high school and he isn’t a spoiled jerk-face.

Raiders trade Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks

Raiders trade Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks - Bent CornerThe Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in this year’s entry draft. Pryor has one year remaining in his rookie contract. Since the Raiders recently acquired the quarterbacking skills of Matt Schaub, they don’t need Pryor.

Not that they ever needed Pryor. Not really. The Raiders picked up Prior in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. Prior left Ohio State after an investigation into players receiving money (and tattoos!) for memorabilia. It resulted in that phony hypocrite for a head coach Jim Tressel loosing his job. In his three-year NFL career, Pryor played in only 16 games.

Considering that the Seahawks don’t need a quarterback, there’s a good chance Pryor may see time at another position, something that better takes advantage of his size, speed, and athleticism.

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Bryce Harper benched for being Bryce Harper

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Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper has shown he’s more than willing to run his cranium full speed into the Dodgers Stadium out-of-town scoreboard, but not so much when it comes to running to first base on a groundout. Harper dogged it in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and was benched because of it. Harper was removed from the game in the sixth inning and replaced with Kevin Frandsen.

When asked about the move, manager Matt Williams told reporters after the game that Harper’s “inability to run 90 feet” was the reason for the benching. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo later told reporters that he agreed with the decision.

Have they forgotten who Harper is? Anyone employing the baseball talents of Bryce Harper had better get used to him taking plays off. Anyone who remembers his time here in Hagerstown knows that Harper often lacks dedication. That’s putting it nicely.

If the Nationals wanted a player who always played hard and played with hustle, they should have taken a pass on Harper and instead drafted Manny Machado. The Nats had the first pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and the selected high school dropout Bryce Harper. The Baltimore Orioles had the third pick and they drafted Manny Machado.

The Nationals should have drafted Machado.

Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old boy

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Bryan Singer, known for directing movies such as The Usual Suspects and a number of the X-Men films, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. At least he was 15 at the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse took place in 1999.

The accuser, Michael Egan, claims he was given drugs and alcohol and was physically forced to have sex with Singer.

Egan is represented by Jeff Herman, a lawyer who specializes representing victims of sexual abuse in civil trials. He’s represented victims in cases against the Catholic church as well as victims of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Singer’s newest flick, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is scheduled for release on May 23. Singer was scheduled to appear at this weekend’s Wondercon, but has now canceled. ABC has pulled promos of its upcoming TV show Black Box that contained Singer’s name. Singer is listed as a executive producer on the show.

Personally, I don’t know what to make of this. I usually enjoy Singer’s movies, but I don’t like men who force anyone, let alone underage people, to have sex with them. These are only allegations, but I think it’s interesting that the alleged victim is represented by Jeff Herman. Say what you will about Herman, but his victims always seem to be legitimate.

I guess time will tell.