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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.

"I accept it," Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park. "I know I made a mistake."

The commissioner's office announced the ban, which started immediately.

Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss at Fenway Park after umpires found the pine tar on his neck.

After the game, Pineda admitted he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night.

"I feel so bad," Pineda said Thursday.

Pineda said he had never used pine tar before this season.

The ejection set off a debate in the baseball world about pitchers who try pine tar, and whether it should be allowed in certain circumstances. Many former aces said they had done it, albeit in a more discreet manner.

Michael Pineda Ejected vs Red Sox

Rule 8.02(b) prohibits pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, and forbids them from having a foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound.

Pineda wasn't seen with the pine tar in the first inning, when the Red Sox roughed him up. Boston manager John Farrell asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda after two fast outs the next inning.

Davis went to the mound, touched Pineda's neck and ejected him.

Earlier this month, Pineda pitched well against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Television cameras showed a substance on his hand during that outing - Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar.

Pineda said he didn't use pine tar in a start against the Chicago Cubs, in between his Red Sox outings.

Among other suspensions of pitchers for pine tar in the past decade, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Angels' Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis' Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players' association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.


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Dick April 24 2014 at 11:59 AM

Torre, this is his second obvious violation of the rules.....are you gonna wait 'til his entire arm has pine tar dripping from it ???? A suspension is in order for his stupidity and arrogance.

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Josh April 24 2014 at 12:29 PM

Every game he pitched in should be forfeited. What the hell are we teaching our children? On top of that, the Manager should be fined an amount that will make him think before trying this again. (I vote for $3Million)

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jhb9029 Josh April 24 2014 at 12:35 PM

the red soxs pitcher was doing the same thing in this game. he was just more discreet. they all do it especially in cold or wet weather. the rule will change now thanks to New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda .

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justice April 24 2014 at 12:31 PM

It's time to stop paying these clowns the millions of dollars they don't even deserve a small fraction of. The privilege of playing a sport should only go to those who are honorable role models and honest, hard working sportsmen. They should be paid a very minmal amount until they prove they deserve an increase. Why should teachers, social workers and nurses be paid barely enough to live on while these guys make millions for throwing a ball. To add insult to injury, they abuse their privileges and status by with substance abuse, steroids and acting like a bunch of brain dead idiots. It's disgusting, and it needs to change!

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pizzamyweakspot justice April 24 2014 at 12:35 PM

AMEN, you hit it right on the head

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Carol justice April 24 2014 at 12:53 PM

Can we add in Senators, Representatives, and Presidents to this list too? They all need to WORK to EARN a salary. They sit and pass stupid laws or ordinances for the official state NUT while they twiddle away their time and still get paid big money.

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tmatte55 April 24 2014 at 12:31 PM

I thought it was funny when people believed the Joe Torre would suspend one of his own players when this happened the first time. He may not be in the dugout anymore but you better believe he is still a YANKEEY in heart, blood and thought. Putting him in that job was like given the key to the chicken coup to a fox.
Thom M

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Carol tmatte55 April 24 2014 at 12:51 PM

YEP! And make that "coop".

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brainslug April 24 2014 at 12:32 PM

Of course Torre doesn't wanna go after a yankee . . . now he has no choice. Suck it up, Joey!!!

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dsmith2316 April 24 2014 at 12:32 PM

Just the Yankees being the Yankees. A-Rod, Clemons, Sheffield and so on and so on.............

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keck dsmith2316 April 24 2014 at 12:38 PM

pretty sure tar grip isnt the same as freaking roids lol.

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dsmith2316 keck April 24 2014 at 12:54 PM

Cheating is cheating.

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AMedicGary April 24 2014 at 12:33 PM

hi-def 75" TV screens all over the viewing nation and these jackasses think no one will notice the obvious ......... they think everyone is as stupid as they are ........ pitiful.

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andre10056 April 24 2014 at 12:34 PM

Having played baseball myself, I know that the use of pine tar to get a better grip on the ball is commonplace at all levels above little league. But everybody puts it below the bill of their caps. I've never seen anything like what Pineda did...twice. The first time the Red Sox didn't say anything and there was no doubt a lot of behind the scenes, "It's OK if you use it. But just don't make it that blatant" (from the Yankees pitching coach, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, etc.). And then he applies a huge wad of the stuff to his neck. Is he insane? Stupid? That was one of the most bizarre things I ever heard about related to baseball.

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jjkitch April 24 2014 at 12:35 PM

cheats cheats and more cheaters.. Our Country is full of them in every thing..

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aaldrew jjkitch April 24 2014 at 12:43 PM

Our country? It's the whole world that is full of them.

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leftoneous52 April 24 2014 at 12:35 PM

A ten game rotation suspension for the cheat, a loss of income on that rotation suspension and money to a non-profit foundation for children. $250,000.00 fine to the organization first offense, double on second offense. Pineda would lose a couple of months pitching services for the club. The Yanks lose a chunk of change, and maybe this would get the attention of some of these players who like to gain an unfair advantage. Don't know how much Mr. Pineda makes per outing, but 10 games is nothing to smile about, and it also pushes the rotation of the club. Can bring up someone from AAA to replace the jerk, but no trades to another club for a top performer. Three strikes? A year suspension would do the trick. It's time to send a message and play by the rules of fairness. What message is this sending to the young kids who want to play baseball on the highest level in the future? Set his butt down for a couple of months and let the club suffer his lack of services.

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