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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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phrankly April 24 2014 at 11:12 AM

he needs to get another grip.
theses players are paid way too much $$$ and think they can get by with cheating to try and win.
whatever happened to the great american pass time?

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LYNN FIORELLI April 24 2014 at 11:40 AM

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play todayyyyy. Give some minor league guy a chance, their the guys that work hard. They ride that pine for a lot of years down there, and some never go to the "big dance", just sad.

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hislonv April 24 2014 at 7:43 PM

It should be 10 starts, not 2 starts which would occur during the 10 game suspension. A regular day player would miss 10 games that they would probably participate in. Weak penalty. Make him and the dang Yankees suffer.

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invisibleman1515 April 24 2014 at 11:41 AM

He should be suspended through his next start (or maybe two). happens a lot, but few get caught. Pretty stupid way of doing it.

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Rich Matteo April 24 2014 at 11:42 AM

How dumb can one organization be? That's right I said organization! What a disgrace and don't give me the bs story that everyone does it. Maybe they do but they are smart enough not to get caught!
Girardi and Rothchild didn't know he was using it! Give me a break and if they honestly didn't know then it's time for a new manager and pitching coach. How does this happen? Lack of leadership that's how! The easiest thing to do would be blame Pineda and suspend him. They should also suspend the smug Girardi. That's twice now he made it seem like he didn't know about it. Liar, liar pants on fire. Come on Joe! Be a man and tell the truth.

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gcox760718 April 24 2014 at 7:35 PM

The Yankees had to know this low level pitcher was using illegal substance the mananger should be suspended too because it's his responsibility to prepare this team to take the field.

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ddcronce April 24 2014 at 11:47 AM

he is not smart and he should be suspended a few games

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gjohn15646 April 24 2014 at 11:51 AM

How can you say, you won when you cheated, there are no real players out there today, no Ty Cobb,no Babe Ruth, no Jackie Robinson, these were REAL players. Money talks and crap walks, and all these people that pay to see this only enriches the greedy.

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mlaurel58 gjohn15646 April 24 2014 at 12:00 PM

John, since the game was invented players have been looking for an advantage over opponents, rule-permissible or not.....that goes for the stars and that goes for the scrubs. To believe otherwise is naive, IMO of course.

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whcduan mlaurel58 April 24 2014 at 2:41 PM

Go Rays!!!!!!!!!!

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Kelley gjohn15646 April 24 2014 at 12:11 PM

Agree Completely! Very well said!

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otter April 24 2014 at 11:55 AM

and your surprised duh

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Cheryl April 24 2014 at 11:55 AM

It was pretty obvious just looking at the short clip. I guess he and his teammates just said go ahead until you get caught and apologize later.

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