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Yankees' Pineda handed 10-game suspension

The Sports Xchange
April 24. 2014 8:52PM
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) is ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox for having a foreign substance on his neck. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Major League Baseball suspended New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda 10 games on Thursday “for possessing a foreign substance on his person” in Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

“I made a mistake,” Pineda said Thursday before the series finale at Fenway Park.

Pineda said Thursday he will not appeal the suspension, which was set to begin Thursday night. The Yankees made a series of roster moves to compensate. Pineda can be reinstated May 5.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said such consequences should be expected by Pineda when he chose to “go down that path.”

“I’ll learn from this mistake. It won’t happen again,” Pineda said.

Pineda was ejected by home plate umpire Gerry Davis in the second inning of the 5-1 loss to the Red Sox after Farrell complained about a smear of something on the right side of Pineda’s neck.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Pineda had acted on his own during Wednesday night’s game. General manager Brian Cashman expressed “embarrassment” on behalf of the organization.

“Yes, it was pine tar,” Pineda said after that game.

Pineda had been suspected of using pine tar in a game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 10 when television cameras caught a shiny substance on the palm of his pitching hand. That night, Farrell did not protest and no action was taken against Pineda.

It was a frigid night at Fenway Park, the game-time temperature at 50 degrees but a 24 mph wind blowing and making it much colder. The Red Sox, who did not complain the first time, simply had to this time.

“It looked from the dugout that there was a substance on his neck,” Farrell said. “You could see it. I could see it from the dugout; it was confirmed by a number of camera angles in the ballpark. And given the last time we faced him, I felt like it was a necessity to say something.

“I fully respect on a cold night you’re trying to get a little bit of a grip, but when it’s that obvious, something has to be said.”

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