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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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Richard & Judy April 24 2014 at 9:49 AM

get him out of baseball///take his pay away for a year

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biffcove April 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

The whole world is FULL of cheaters!!! If you cheat to win, you are only screwing yourself

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nadinebaci21 April 24 2014 at 4:28 PM

Why do you have to cheat? Not good enough to play fair??

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bannorhill nadinebaci21 April 24 2014 at 4:46 PM

Maybe they are scared of needles.

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M.A.P April 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

He got away with it the first time, but to try again. STUPID. It wasn't on his neck in the first inning then he goes in and applies it. What a dumbass. Girardi and the Yankees should also be fined for not following there players during a game. It is the coaches responsibility to follow there players during the game.

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Eddie April 24 2014 at 10:11 AM

And there/were young children that looked up to him probably...fine example he showed; he should feel ashamed of himself; but probably does not. I say fine him big time (that puts a big dent in their bank account) and suspend him many, many games or the whole season even, this would set an example and send a message for all other pitchers/players. Maybe there should be examination before each pitcher goes out to the mound each inning...they want to be like children; treat them like that then. They ruin it for their team and you call these people "team players"?

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Happypoolprune Eddie April 24 2014 at 10:28 AM

If my kid had to look up to a baseball for player for an example - It would be a sad day. I would hope myself or my spouse be the example of how to conduct themselves. Liking a pitcher or a player is one thing - but teach your children that they too are human - and not infallible - that's the problem with society.

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yannaro April 24 2014 at 4:22 PM

So, are we assume his manager didn't know he had the stuff on his neck?

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zidzag1973 April 24 2014 at 10:16 AM

Got to love it Play Ball! Go Cubs!

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ae12wrangell zidzag1973 April 24 2014 at 10:29 AM

106 years and still can't win a World Series. Sure the did win, but 106 years ago, but that's it. The Cubs have been to several Series since then, and never won, or came close.
Second longest gap is The New York Mets' 28 years since 1986 win.

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zidzag1973 ae12wrangell April 24 2014 at 11:15 AM

Cinderella story this year! If not blow me.

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ae12wrangell ae12wrangell April 24 2014 at 11:26 AM

It would be terrific should the Chicago Cubs actually won the 2014 World Series. ALL of Chicago, including those who are for the White Sox, would be celevrating for a VERY, VERY, LONG, LONG time, and rightly so.
But what I was actually saying above, in the first comment, was the Chicago Cubs hold a possible unbreakable record - 100 years and counting, without a World Series Championship. Even as a New Yorker, I HOPE the Cubs win. All traffic would be stopped on Waveland Avenue and the 3 other streets around the stadium. Traffic would come to a dead halt.

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Candy April 24 2014 at 10:19 AM

I am a diehard Yankee fan but don't believe you need to cheat to win. This is totally embarrassing. Since this is his 2nd offense, he should have a penalty of some sort - maybe taken out for the next 3 games or so. It surely doesn't make the Yankee team look good.

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Happypoolprune Candy April 24 2014 at 10:25 AM

Hey, there isn't a pitcher around that doesn't have some sort of trick - Don't be embarrassed - just remember Gaylord Perry - the best spitball pitcher =they just couldn't catch him. Also, the Red Sox have a couple of pitchers that use deceptive means too - they are just too clever to get caught. Why Pineda wasn't more careful is beyond me - He was just using the pine tar for a grip - just like the batters use it to grip the bat especially in the cold weather - Better that than have him lose his grip and hit a batter - think about it. They need to change the rule to allow something and pine tar isn't going to affect the pitch.

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Maryellen April 24 2014 at 10:22 AM

He should be ejected from Major League baseball.

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robertded April 24 2014 at 4:15 PM

The suspension should be for 10 games in which (based on the rotation) he is scheduled to pitch. I must agree with another comment that a 10 game suspension only amounts to 2 games for a pitcher. They don't play in every game. Unless penalties are made to sting, just a little, they have no meaning. Knowing the Yankies, he will probably recieve a bonus to make up for any lost pay.

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