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April 24, 2014

Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

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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.

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