Thursday April 24th, 2014

MIchael Pineda was tossed after being inspected for a foreign substance on his neck. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Michael Pineda was tossed after being inspected for a foreign substance on his neck. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Yankees righthander Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox for using a foreign substance. The decision by the umpires came after Boston manager John Farrell asked them to check Pineda, who had what appeared to be pine tar on his neck. Pineda was tossed in the second inning while trailing 2-0.

Per Rule 8.02b, Pineda will be suspended for using a foreign substance. That rule reads: "The pitcher shall now have on his person, or in his possession, any substance. For such infraction of this section (b) the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically." On April 10, Pineda dominated the Sox at Yankee Stadium, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out seven over six innings of a 4-1 New York win. It was clear throughout that performance that Pineda had some kind of brown substance, almost identical to the one plainly visible on his neck Wednesday, on his pitching hand. Pineda claimed it was a mixture of sweat and dirt. The Red Sox never brought the matter to the attention of the umpires, perhaps choosing to not investigate lest they then create a situation where the Yankees, or other teams, would then feel free to do the same to their pitchers.

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