New York Yankees pitcher ejected for cheating
This isn’t the first time the Red Sox caught foe Michael Pineda doing something suspicious on the mound.
Pineda beat the Red Sox on April 10 with what appeared to be pine tar gobbed on his pitching hand. The Red Sox didn’t complain then. After the game, Pineda said it was only dirt, an explanation that no one really believed but shrugged away anyway. Since the Red Sox didn’t complain, the league didn’t punish Pineda.
This time, things are different. Pineda was swiftly thrown out of the game after Farrell’s inquiry and Davis’ inspection. It was decided he had a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda will now face a suspension and become the new poster boy for this type of thing. Using pine tar on the ball clearly violates MLB’s Rule 8.02, which states, “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” According to the rule, the corresponding suspension is 10 games.