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The Dodgers don’t care about what might have been on Mike Fiers’ glove during his no-hitter

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Astros starter Mike Fiers no-hit the Dodgers on Friday night, but his achievement was quickly downplayed on social media when an image showing what appeared to be a shiny substance on the inside of the right-hander’s glove. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly never questioned it, nor did anyone else on the team, during the game.

Asked about the alleged substance after the game, Fiers said, “It could be different lighting or something,” as Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports.

Even after the fact, the Dodgers aren’t interested in pursuing the matter. Via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

“I don’t want to take anything away from his night,” outfielder Carl Crawford said.

Manager Don Mattingly also viewed the social media-driven controversy as a non-issue, saying, “I think it sounds like you’re whining if you look at it and talk about it.”

The consensus around the clubhouse was that a significant number of pitchers use something to improve their grip on the ball.

“I think it’s pretty much accepted, unless it’s blatantly obvious somebody’s doing it,” Mattingly said.

Fiers donated his cap and one of the balls he threw during the no-hitter to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Those and other items were authenticated, as Astros manager of authentication Mike Acosta tweeted on Friday night.

Yankees starter Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games last season when he was caught using a “foreign substance” on his neck.

Former major league catcher John Baker, when asked to cite the percentage of pitchers who liked using a foreign substance, said, “100%.”

UPDATE: Michael Pineda on track to return Wednesday; Yankees to use six-man rotation

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09:  Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 9, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: According to Jack Curry of YES Network, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda is on track to return Wednesday against the Astros. The Yankees will use a six-man rotation for the time being.

11:01 a.m. ET: Good news for the first-place Yankees, as right-hander Michael Pineda is one step closer to returning from the disabled list.

Pineda, out since July 24 with a right forearm strain, allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his second minor league rehab start. He gave up three hits and no walks while striking out three batters. According to Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he received a positive report on the outing.

“He threw well,” Girardi said. “From what I understand, 63 pitches and another 10 in the bullpen. So we’ll talk about it. We haven’t made any decisions. But he threw the ball well.”

Pineda appears ready to rejoin the Yankees, but it’s unclear how the rotation will shake out. One option is to go with six starters and keep rookie Luis Severino around. It would be one way to manage Severino’s workload down the stretch.

Pineda has a 3.97 ERA and 117/15 K/BB ratio in 118 innings over 19 starts this season.

The Bird is the word: Yankees rookie Greg Bird hits two two-run homers

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The Yankees and Twins are still playing at Yankee Stadium, but it’s been the Greg Bird show already.

Bird, the Yankees’ 22-year-old first baseman, hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. It was a two-run shot, knocking in Carlos Beltran, to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then, in the sixth, after the Yankees fell behind 3-2, Bird homered in Beltran once again. Here’s a link to the first one. Here’s the second one:

Bird has played in five games in the majors and is 6-for-17 with three extra base hits. But even with such a short resume, the Bird is the word among Yankees fans already.

Oh, and then there’s this:

 

What’s NOT to love?