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New York Yankees’ Michael Pineda Suspended 10 Games by MLB for Use of Pine Tar Vs. Boston Red Sox

April 24th, 2014 at 3:19 PM
By Doug Rush

On Wednesday night, New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from the game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning after it was found out that he had pine tar on his neck and was using it in the game.

On Thursday, Major League Baseball acted quickly and swiftly in a punishment, as the league ruled that it would suspend Pineda for 10 games for his use of the substance at Fenway Park, as Michael Mazzeo of ESPN New York reported.

It wasn't the first time this year that Pineda was caught using pine tar in a game as he used pine tar in a game two weeks ago against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, but nobody said anything during the game and the issue was dropped quickly. However in Wednesday night's game, Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned to the umpires that Pineda had it all over his neck, which prompted them to check Pineda in the second inning.

They looked at his glove, then hands, and then found it on his neck, which lead to the ejection. Now, Pineda will sit for at least one start, maybe two pending where his starts fall in the Yankees schedule.

Pineda is currently 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA; he suffered the loss last night to the Red Sox when he allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn't have the pine tar on his neck, but did in the second inning when he was caught with it and then tossed.

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Tags: Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Michael Pineda, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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