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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.
Did Michael Pineda cheat?
On Thursday night, Michael Pineda led the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Red Sox. Pineda allowed only four hits and struck out seven in six innings. But Pineda's performance was overshadowed when cameras spotted a substance on his hand midway through the game that some have speculated to be pine tar. The Yankees pitcher denied the accusations after the game, claiming the substance was dirt. Do you believe Pineda? Vote!