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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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mjcw April 24 2014 at 9:43 AM

And for the love of God, someone make him straighten his damn hat up! I cant stand when so called professional athletes wear their hats like this on the baseball field. No respect for the game anymore. What an idiot....

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Meghann Clark mjcw April 24 2014 at 10:10 AM

What about C.C. Sabathia? His hat isn't exactly straight either.

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mjcw Meghann Clark April 24 2014 at 10:15 AM

OK, not quite as bad, but whats your point? Also Fernando Rodney wears his like a jackass too.

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RealtorSimms April 24 2014 at 9:59 AM

This is not the first time he cheated, kick him out of baseball permanently and send a strong message. Time to clean up sports, it's a privilege to play on professional sports teams and earn this amount of money and those that have no respect for rules or laws need to go!

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Laura April 24 2014 at 10:00 AM

Twice, really? He should just be banned period. Adults cheating in sports is ridiculous.

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sandra Laura April 24 2014 at 10:08 AM

Shows how much you know about sports...Pine Tar has been around since Babe Ruth was a Red Sox!

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Bill Bingham April 24 2014 at 4:04 PM

I'm all for it. Now, if the Yankees can just get David Ortiz to pee in a cup tonight, that should make things even.

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drweaks1 Bill Bingham April 24 2014 at 4:09 PM

Ortiz is just fat bro:)

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egl464 Bill Bingham April 24 2014 at 4:25 PM

You dont think they already have been? that is a major no no to use steriods, Ortiz just happens to be a GREAT hitter like Jim Rice. Ortis is NOT a steroid user.

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kftz105 April 24 2014 at 10:05 AM

I am a die hard Yankee fan. I am astounded and my question is- how did this bunghole make it out of the dugout like that?? Joe, wht were you thinking??

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maddiex April 24 2014 at 10:06 AM

If u have a rule that says he should be suspension he got off the first time but than try it again he should not be given a pass this time..........

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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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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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Ignacio April 24 2014 at 4:01 PM

Batters are allowed to use pine tar for the same reason, a better grip. It only seems fair that pitchers would be allowed to do the same.

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CHRISTIAN PURVIS April 24 2014 at 3:46 PM

Ofcoarse that was a game i took the yankees and the starter gets thrown out = LOSS

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