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

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Home plate umpire Gerry Davis checks out a substance on the neck of Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees before throwing him out of the game in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of a doubleheader on April 16, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Home plate umpire Gerry Davis throws out Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees after finding a substance on him in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 5: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees walks off the mound to the dugout in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 5, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 23: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees pitches in the third inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 23, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during New York Yankees Photo Day on February 22, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees poses during Photo Day on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the start of the days practice session during the Spring Training workout on February 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 21: Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the game against the Minnesota Twins on September 21, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 27: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was shot with an iPhone using Instagram) Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees Photo Day on February 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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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