Pineda Ejected For Using Pine Tar On His Neck

BOSTON (USA TODAY)-- New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda, who appeared to be using pine-tar on his hand the last time he faced the Boston Red Sox, this time was caught red-handed Wednesday night.

The pine tar was on his neck.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell asked home-plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda for using an illegal substance. David checked the baseball, then looked at the glove, and then examined Pineda's neck.

Davis wiped his finger on Pineda's neck, and immediately ejected him.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out briefly to argue, and when he returned, fiddled with the TV camera from the Yankee dugout.

David Phelps came into the game to replace Pineda, who had a 1-and-2 count on Red Sox leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore.

Pineda, 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA with the Yankees, now faces a 10-game suspension for using a foreign substance.

Yes, just another chapter in this glorious rivalry.


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