Yankees' pitcher Pineda suspended 10 games for pine tar
By The Associated Press
Umpire Gerry Davis found pine tar on the side of Michael Pineda's neck.
NEW YORK -
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games for using pine tar to help him grip the ball.
The commissioner's office announced the penalty Thursday.
Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's loss at Boston after umpires found the pine tar on his neck.
Pineda's ejection in the second inning occurred 13 days after he had brown goo on his right hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium That sparked a debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better grip in cool weather. The game time temperature Wednesday was 50 degrees.
With a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Boston manager John Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda.
Before the game, Farrell said, "I would expect if it's used, it's more discreet than last time."
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