Monday, September 1, 2014
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Yanks' Pineda stuck with 10-game ban

YANKEES PITCHER Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games yesterday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.

"I accept it," Pineda said before last night's game at Fenway Park. "I know I made a mistake."

The commissioner's office announced the ban, which started immediately.

Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the righthander's neck.

After the game, Pineda admitted he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night.

"I feel so bad," he said yesterday.

Pineda said he had never used pine tar before this season. He spent his first season in the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2011, then missed the last two with the Yankees following right shoulder surgery.

The ejection set off a debate in the baseball world about pitchers who try pine tar, and whether it should be allowed in certain circumstances. Many former aces said they had done it, albeit in a more discreet manner.

Rule 8.02(b) prohibits pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, and forbids them from having a foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound.

Pineda wasn't seen with the pine tar in the first inning, when the Red Sox roughed him up. Boston manager John Farrell asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda after two fast outs the next inning.

Davis went to the mound, touched Pineda's neck and ejected him.

Earlier this month, Pineda pitched well in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Television cameras showed a substance on his hand during that outing - Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar.

Pineda said he didn't use pine tar in a start against the Chicago Cubs, in between his Red Sox outings.

Pineda said yesterday he didn't feel the ball well in the first inning when he allowed two runs on four hits. And he said he wanted to be careful not to hit any batters.

"I know it's pine tar, but the pine tar did not help me" throw harder, he said. "It helped me for feel, [get] a better grip."

He also said no one told him to use it. He said he did it "by myself."

In other Yankees news, righthander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament. Nova left last Saturday's 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers. An MRI then revealed the injury.

Noteworthy

* Texas appointed retired pitcher Darren Oliver as a special assistant to the general manager and announced plans to honor career hits leader Michael Young in a pregame ceremony May 17. Young spent 12 years with the Rangers before playing last season for the Phillies and Dodgers.

* The Chicago Cubs put outfielder Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list and called up two pitchers from the minors. They promoted lefthander Zac Rosscup and righthander Neil Ramirez and optioned righty Blake Parker to Triple A. Ruggiano was injured in the ninth inning Wednesday trying to make a catch in rightfield. He is hitting .229 with one home run and six RBI.

* Arizona placed leftfielder Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his right foot and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple A Reno. Trumbo said he felt pain while jogging to his position Monday at Wrigley Field and an MRI revealed the stress fracture. Batting .220, he is among the league leaders in homers (seven), RBI (19) and strikeouts (22).

* St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session and said his right knee feels well enough to allow him to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh. He left Tuesday's game against the Mets after hyperextending the knee.

* Texas fill-in third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was scheduled to be evaluated tomorrow at home by a back specialist before the Rangers have to make a roster move to active Adrian Beltre from the disabled list. Kouzmanoff, who is hitting .362 in 13 games and is the reigning AL player of the week, came out of Tuesday's game at Oakland because of a sore back.

In NL games

* At New York, Chris Young homered and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch-hitter as Bartolo Colon (2-3) and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (4-1) had been 12-0 through April in his big-league career.

* At Pittsburgh, Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double in the sixth inning after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting the Reds over the Pirates, 2-1.

* At Chicago, Mike Bolsinger (1-1) earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 5-2.

In AL games

* At Boston, Yangervis Solante drove in four runs and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three as the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox, 14-5. CC Sabathia (3-2) held Boston to three hits in six innings.

* At Cleveland, Corey Kluer (2-2) pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-1. David Murphy and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece in the Indians' five-run fifth off Bruce Chen (1-2).

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-7.

* At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of two-out singles, Max Scherzer (2-1) struck out 10 and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-4.

* At Toronto, Chris Davis had two hits and three RBI, Jonathan Schoop homered and Baltimore beat the Blue Jays, 11-4.

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