Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is having a nice start to the year. 

So far he has  a 2-1 record and a 3.54 ERA.  

Last night he was really feeling himself. 

Kikuchi wound up going 7.2 innings, striking out three batters, giving up just one run on three hits and walking only one.  

Throughout the night, Kikuchi continued to rub the brim of his cap.  

He was doing so looking for a substance that looked just like pine tar. 

Watch below:  

That’s a lot of pine tar, but it looks like he used every bit of it. 

First baseman Luke Voit told

 “A lot of guys use stuff. It’s frustrating obviously because maybe then his curveball wouldn’t have been as good. He might have made more mistakes with his fastball. But at the end of the day he had a no-hitter into the sixth inning.”

Outfielder Cameron Maybin said:

“I could care less. Nobody noticed it, nobody said anything. We’ve got a lot bigger worries, trying to manufacture runs, trying to get on base, but I don’t think that had anything to do with it.”

Pine tar is still a banned substance in the MLB rulebook. 

Just sayin’ 

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