Sports and Scores
 

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By HOWARD ULMAN


Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees.

General manager Brian Cashman was "embarrassed."

Manager Joe Girardi called it "poor judgment."

And Pineda was "sad" and vowed not to do it again.

The Yankees' right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The previous time, Pineda said he used "dirt" on his right palm to get a better grip in cold weather in a 4-1 win over Boston on April 10 in New York.

This time, he said he decided to put pine tar on the right side of his neck after allowing two runs in the first inning on another chilly night so he could use it to grip the ball.

"I'll learn from this mistake," a downcast Pineda said. "It won't happen again."

He was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

"When it's that obvious, something has got to be said," Farrell said. "Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past."

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."

He said the issue was discussed with Pineda after the game on April 10 and again after he was ejected. Now he expects Pineda to be suspended.

"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."

Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.

Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis. The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda's neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda's ejection.

"He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there," Girardi said. "It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete."

Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically."

"We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action," Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.

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, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.

In Pineda's previous start against the Red Sox, Farrell didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.

On Wednesday, with the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia's single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.

After Pineda's ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.

John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.

"There is such a thing as too many strikes if you're hitting the white part of the plate," Lackey said. "I was fortunate enough tonight to be hitting the corners more times than not."

Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

NOTES: Girardi 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 Marathon men's champion Meb Keflezighi threw out the ceremonial first pitch wearing a Red Sox jersey with the name "MEB" and the number "26.2" on the back, the mileage distance of the race. ... Ortiz played in his 1,643rd game as a designated hitter, matching Harold Baines' major-league record. ... Boston sent OF Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled RHP Alex Wilson. ... 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).

Updated April 24, 2014

? © 2015 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Audio On Demand

NFL Sunday - The final se…

NFL Sunday - The final segment of the season 2-1-15

Final thoughts & final predictions on the final segment of the year!

NFL Sunday - Christian Fauria, MFB, tells the boys why he feels like the Pats will be world champs 2-1-15

Fauria calls the guys to break down the game and gives his reasoning as to why he feels the Pats should win by 4 ... or possibly more.

NFL Sunday - Reaction to Commissioner Roger Goodell and Marshawn Lynch 2-1-15

Dickerson, DeOssie and Price talk about 2 of the biggest story lines of the week - the ridiculous press conference the commissioner of the NFL held on Friday and Marshawn Lynch's mockery of media day.

We Love Anthony Daivs - N…

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks about the Rondo trade 12-19-14

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

John Farrell with Mut and…

John Farrell with Mut and Bradford, 1-24-15

The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.

Joe Kelly and Pablo Sandoval make predictions for 2015, 1-24-15

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.

Hot Stove Show 01-15-15

Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

Pierre McGuire discusses …

Pierre McGuire discusses Rule-Breaking in the NHL 1-22-15

Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports: "Bruins are an unbelievably team to play against" 1-15-15

Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.

D&C's Super Bowl Coverage…

D&C's Super Bowl Coverage Montage 1-30-15

Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.

Mad Dog Russo chats with Gerry and Kirk 1-30-15

Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.

Bob Kravitz checks in on deflategate 1-30-15

Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.

Super Bowl Predictions fr…

Super Bowl Predictions from Radio Row 1-30-15

Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp

Merloni Investments, Super Bowl XLIX Edition 1-30-15

Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX

Adam Schefter, ESPN, with all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX 1-30-15

Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

Four at Four: Super Bowl …

Four at Four: Super Bowl Prop Bets

We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.

Kevin Harlan, the radio voice of the Super Bowl, joins us

Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.

Tom E Curran previews the Super Bowl

Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.

Roger Goodell didn't answ…

Roger Goodell didn't answer questions as much as raise more

Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl

The Eve of Super Bowl Eve

Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.

Steve DeOssie joins Mike Mutnansky

DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.

Fantasy Football Podcast …

Fantasy Football Podcast - Super Bowl Edition 1-31-15

Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!

WrestleCast - Royal Rumble Preview Part 2

Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Are sports better in the stadium or on TV?

Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.

Super Bowl Predictions fr…

Super Bowl Predictions from Radio Row 1-30-15

Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp

More from this show

Kirk's showdown with the …

Kirk's showdown with the competition 01-29-15

Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.

More from this show

Bob Kravitz checks in on …

Bob Kravitz checks in on deflategate 1-30-15

Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.

More from this show

Boomer Esiason thinks the…

Boomer Esiason thinks the Patriots will beat the Seahawks 1-30-15

Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.

More from this show

Roger Goodell didn't answ…

Roger Goodell didn't answer questions as much as raise more

Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl

More from this show

Weei Writers