April 24, 2014

Michael Pineda cheated again, and this time he got caught. In a start two weeks ago against the Red Sox, when the Yankees hurler was spotted sporting a dark substance on his palm, a substance he later claimed was dirt. No one believed him, and it was assumed he wouldn't pull the same trick again.

Yet in Pineda's very next start against Boston on Wednesday, he either tried to cheat again, or was bleeding sap:

This time, the Red Sox complained, and Pineda, naturally, got tossed.

I'm fine with Pineda getting thrown out. He was blatantly breaking the rules even after getting caught doing the same thing, and escaping punishment, once before. My issue, though, is with the response from around baseball.

The general consensus has been that it's acceptable for pitchers to use pine tar or other substances to better grip the ball in cold weather, but that they're supposed to be "discreet" about it. (Boston pitchers have been spotted with fishy smears on their gloves and arms before, too.) In other words: "Cheating is fine, just don't rub your opponent's nose in it."

The dinger-happy steroid era stigmatized baseball as a game full of cheaters. Conceding that rule-breaking is okay as long as you aren't too obvious about it undercuts the credibility MLB has since restored. If using pine tar is cheating, it's cheating no matter how secretive you are about it. And if players don't think it should be considered cheating, then get the dang rule off the books before goo-gate becomes the new PED moralizing. Jon Terbush

1:14 p.m. ET
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.

In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.

It's also worth noting that Rubio doesn't agree with former House Speaker John Boehner that Ted Cruz is Lucifer. Julie Kliegman

12:39 p.m. ET

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:

Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.

'We went under a fence and through a fence," Trump said. "Oh boy, it felt like I was crossing the border, actually." Julie Kliegman

11:51 a.m. ET

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook is perhaps best used for admiring photos of Mark Zuckerberg's dog. Beast, a Puli Hungarian Sheepdog, is quite good at camouflaging himself, as you can see in photos the social network's founder posted Friday:

This rug has eyes.

That's an awfully big mop. Julie Kliegman

11:29 a.m. ET

Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman

11:05 a.m. ET

Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.

The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.

For months, protesters have been demanding Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi take more steps to fight corruption. The capital announced a state of emergency amid the protests Saturday. Julie Kliegman

10:28 a.m. ET
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San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.

"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."

The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.

The department is under federal investigation for the 2015 fatal shooting of Mario Woods, a black man. Julie Kliegman

9:33 a.m. ET

The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:

Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms. The Week Staff

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