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Pineda ejected for pine tar

Michael Pineda got caught with his hand in the pine tar jar on Wednesday night, as he was ejected after umpires spotted a foreign substance on his neck. Ejections for pine tar are rare -- this is only the fourth one in the past 10 years -- perhaps because the potential advantage offered doesn't completely seem worth the risk of ejection and suspension. It's certainly a less serious issue than other potential rules violations; everyone involved seems more embarrassed than angry or outraged. On Thursday, Pineda was suspended 10 games for the incident.

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  • How many pitchers do you believe use pine tar or another illegal substance when pitching?

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  • What do you make of MLB suspending Michael Pineda 10 games for "possessing a foreign substance on his person" Wednesday night against the Red Sox?

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Reason for Red Sox to worry?

With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?

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  • Which team will finish with the better record?

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  • Will the Red Sox and Yankees make the playoffs this year?

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  • Has the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry lost intensity?

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Derek Jeter played in his final home opener Monday, and a trio of familiar faces was on hand to celebrate: Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, who along with the star New York Yankees shortstop make up the team's famed Core Four. Where do Jeter and the rest of the Core Four place on the list of Yankee greats? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Greatest Yankees

Yogi Berra

Bill Dickey

Joe DiMaggio

Whitey Ford

Lou Gehrig

Reggie Jackson

Derek Jeter

Mickey Mantle

Don Mattingly

Thurman Munson

Andy Pettitte

Jorge Posada

Mariano Rivera

Alex Rodriguez

Babe Ruth

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The year-long Derek Jeter retirement tour kicked off Wednesday night in Houston, where the Astros -- and several Houston-connected athletes -- feted the New York Yankees superstar on the field at Minute Maid Park.

And what would be a retirement party without gifts? Take a look at Jeter's haul: a pair of Yankees-themed cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs (presented below alongside two-time major champion Mark O'Meara):


The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter's gifts from the Houston Astros


The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter with golfer Mark O'Meara


The retirement ceremony for the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at the Houston Astros

Images: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

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Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY

Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?

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  • If your favorite team had a massive payroll relative to the league, would that make you enjoy winning less?

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  • How do you feel about MLB player salaries?

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  • Which is your favorite of the four major pro sports leagues?

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