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Pineda 10-Day Pine Tar Suspension

first_imgBOSTON — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball for using pine tar to help him grip the ball.He said he won’t appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts. “I accept it,” Pineda said before the April 24 game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”Pineda was ejected in the second inning of New York’s 5-1 loss to Boston after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-hander’s neck.After the game, Pineda admitted that he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night. “I feel so bad,” he said.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.“I think he understood” the seriousness of his action, said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who expected a suspension of about 10 games, “but I think he got caught up in the moment of competing and it got the best of him.”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.“I’ve seen a lot of things in my career, so I’m not blind to it” being viewed as part of baseball, said Girardi, a former catcher in his seventh year as Yankees manager.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.“I wouldn’t be against coming up with an idea” to modify the rule so pitchers could get a better grip on the ball in cold weather, Girardi said. “It would be a great time for someone to start looking at” finding one substance pitchers would be allowed to use.Pineda wasn’t seen with the pine tar in the first inning. Boston Manager John Farrell asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda after two fast outs the next inning.“I felt like it was a necessity to say something,” Farrell said. “You know, I fully respect on a cold night you’re trying to get a little bit of a grip. But when it’s that obvious, something has got to be said.”Davis went to the mound, touched Pineda’s neck and ejected him. Pineda said no one told him to use it, that he did it “by myself.”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 in the fourth inning — Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar. His hand was clean in the fifth and Farrell didn’t ask for him to be checked.Among other suspensions of pitchers for pine tar in the past decade, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the 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.Pineda said 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.”Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski understood why Pineda used the pine tar.“I don’t have a problem with guys that do it,” he said. “I know as a hitter, I want to get in there and know the guy has a grip.“Put it on your hat, put it on your pants, your belt, put it on your glove, whatever you have to do. You just can’t do it that blatantly. That was what the biggest issue was. No one has an issue with him doing it. It’s just more of the fact that it’s so blatant.”(HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Honda Equalizer Gives Japan 2-2 Draw vs Senegal (Vid)

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Japan and Senegal have had a 2-2 draw in a result that will keep the two underdogs atop the World Cup group.Both teams opened with surprising 2-1 wins— Japan over Colombia and Senegal over Poland — and lead Group H with four points.Colombia and Poland were playing later Sunday.Sadio Mane scored the opener for Senegal in the 11th minute after finding himself in the right spot and deflected the ball past goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Takashi Inui equalized with a low right-foot in the 34th.Senegal regained the lead in the 71st when Moussa Wague scored from close range but veteran Keisuke Honda equalized again for Japan six minutes after coming off the bench. Senegal’s Senegal’s Sadio Mane, left, celebrate his side’s opening goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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