Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

By By The Associated Press

BOSTON — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.

He got both.

The Yankees' right-hander spoke quietly

after being ejected in the second inning of the Red Sox' 5-1 win over

New York on

Wednesday night. And less than two weeks after appearing to get

away with using a foreign substance in another game against

Boston, he vowed never to do it again.

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

Pineda said he had trouble gripping the ball on the cool evening when he allowed two runs in the first inning. So before he

took the mound for the second, he said, he rubbed pine tar on the right side of his neck.

"I don't feel the ball," he said. "I don't want to hit anybody."

One small problem: Rule 8.02(b). Written to

keep pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, it

prohibits

them from having a foreign substance on them or in their

possession on the mound and says that they'll be suspended if they

do.

That suspension could be announced Thursday.

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.

"We will talk to the umpires (Thursday) and review their report before taking any action," Major League Baseball spokesman

Michael Teevan said.

Boston manager John Farrell, especially

vigilant after Pineda was spotted with a brown gooey substance on his

right hand in

the fourth inning on April 10, asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to

check the pitcher with two out and no runners in the second.

Davis looked at the ball, touched Pineda's neck, and tossed him.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi said they didn't know Pineda had the pine tar on his neck when

he went on the field for the second. By the time they found out, it was too late.

"Go to the mound and wipe it off?" Girardi said. "Well, that would have been a little obvious."

But how could Pineda take a chance by putting pine tar in a more visible spot than where the substance — he said it was dirt

— was seen in the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Red Sox on a cold night in New York?

"I don't know," he said.

Farrell didn't protest then because he didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning and, when Pineda came

out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.

"It is surprising, especially being on TV the first time we played them," said Boston's Mike Napoli, who had three hits. "Every

pitcher does something. You can't blatantly be out there showing. It's kind of silly."

Did the Yankees tell Pineda directly after the first instance not to do it again?

"There's been enough conversations," Cashman said, "and, obviously, there'll be more."

He said he was "embarrassed." Girardi said Pineda used "poor judgment" but didn't try to cheat. Pineda said he was "sad" and

apologized to teammates.

The pine tar appeared on his neck after a

rough first inning in which he allowed four hits, including RBI singles

by Dustin

Pedroia and A.J. Pierzynski. He was much better in the second,

striking out two batters. But when he got a 1-2 count on Grady

Sizemore, Farrell came out of the dugout and asked Davis to check

Pineda.

"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 without protest.

Cashman said that in a similar situation, "I would want my manager to do what John Farrell did."

But he didn't put the blame only on Pineda.

"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."

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (3-2) had little trouble with the cold. He struck out 11, walked none and allowed one run and

seven hits in eight innings.

Would he have minded if the Yankees checked him for a foreign substance?

"I'm not concerned about that," he said. "That's fine."

As for Pineda, can he be a successful pitcher without using a foreign substance?

"I believe he can pitch without it," Girardi said. "I believe he believes he can go out there and do what he has to do."

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's David Ortiz played in his

1,643rd game as a designated hitter, matching Harold Baines' major-league record. ... 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).