York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda walks off the
mound after being ejected when a foreign substance was
discovered on his neck, in the second inning of a baseball
game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston,
Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
BOSTON — The
pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip
and inviting trouble.
He got both.
right-hander spoke quietly after being ejected in the second
inning of the Red Sox' 5-1 win over New York on Wednesday night.
And less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a
foreign substance in another game against Boston, he vowed never
to do it again.
from this mistake," a contrite Pineda said. "It won't
Pineda said he
had trouble gripping the ball on the cool evening when he allowed
two runs in the first inning. So before he took the mound for the
second, he said, he rubbed pine tar on the right side of his neck.
feel the ball," he said. "I don't want to hit
problem: Rule 8.02(b). Written to keep pitchers from altering the
ball to gain an unfair advantage, it prohibits them from having a
foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound and
says that they'll be suspended if they do.
could be announced Thursday. In recent suspensions of pitchers for
pine tar, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in
2012, the Los Angeles 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.
talk to the umpires (Thursday) and review their report before
taking any action," Major League Baseball spokesman Michael
plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left;
shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning
of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected
after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.
John Farrell, especially vigilant after Pineda was spotted with a
brown gooey substance on his right hand in the fourth inning on
April 10, asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check the pitcher with
two out and no runners in the second.
Davis looked at
the ball, touched Pineda's neck, and tossed him.
manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi said they didn't
know Pineda had the pine tar on his neck when he went on the field
for the second. By the time they found out, it was too late.
"Go to the
mound and wipe it off?" Girardi said. "Well, that would
have been a little obvious."
But how could
Pineda take a chance by putting pine tar in a more visible spot
than where the substance — he said it was dirt — was seen in
the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Red Sox on a cold night in New York?
know," he said.
protest then because he didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand
until the fourth inning and, when Pineda came out to warm up for
the fifth, his hand was clean.
surprising, especially being on TV the first time we played
them," said Boston's Mike Napoli, who had three hits.
"Every pitcher does something. You can't blatantly be out
there showing. It's kind of silly."
Did the Yankees
tell Pineda directly after the first instance not to do it again?
been enough conversations," Cashman said, "and,
obviously, there'll be more."
He said he was
"embarrassed." Girardi said Pineda used "poor
judgment" but didn't try to cheat. Pineda said he was
"sad" and apologized to teammates.
The pine tar
appeared on his neck after a rough first inning in which he
allowed four hits, including RBI singles by Dustin Pedroia and A.J.
Pierzynski. He was much better in the second, striking out two
batters. But when he got a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell
came out of the dugout and asked Davis to check Pineda.
that obvious, something has got to be said," Farrell said.
"Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the
Davis said he
found pine tar and Pineda gave no explanation as he left the mound
Cashman said that
in a similar situation, "I would want my manager to do what
John Farrell did."
But he didn't put
the blame only on Pineda.
"He did what
he did, but we're also responsible that somehow he got out of our
dugout and was on the field in that manner," Cashman said.
"That never should have happened."
Red Sox pitcher
John Lackey (3-2) had little trouble with the cold. He struck out
11, walked none and allowed one run and seven hits in eight
Would he have
minded if the Yankees checked him for a foreign substance?
concerned about that," he said. "That's fine."
As for Pineda,
can he be a successful pitcher without using a foreign substance?
he can pitch without it," Girardi said. "I believe he
believes he can go out there and do what he has to do."
pushed a television camera focusing on Pineda in the tunnel.
Girardi called it a "private area" and said "the
camera is meant for the dugout and not the tunnel," adding
"all I did was turn it."... Boston's David Ortiz played
in his 1,643rd game as a designated hitter, matching Harold Baines'
major-league record. ... Mark Teixeira struck out four times. ...
Derek Jeter was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. ... In
the finale of the three-game series Thursday night, New York's CC
Sabathia (2-2) pitches against Felix Doubront (1-2).