Yankees pitcher Pineda expelled for using pine tar
April 25, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
BOSTON -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game against Boston for using pine tar to aid his grip on the ball, compounding a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Pineda's transgression came less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston and he now faces a likely suspension.
Elsewhere, Martin Perez threw his second-straight shutout as Texas swept Oakland and went to the top of the American League West division, majors-leading Milwaukee broke out of a scoring slump and beat San Diego, while Atlanta beat Miami to worsen the Marlins' poor road record.
Pineda was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of the pitcher's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda and the organization were “embarrassed.”
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks while Mike Napoli had three hits as Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third.
Texas moved above Oakland to the top of the AL West by beating the Athletics 3-0.
Martin Perez (4-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 26, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep of the A's for the first time in three seasons.
Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers.
Milwaukee's Jean Segura hit a three-run homer to help the Brewers win 5-2 against San Diego.
Segura homered for a 4-1 lead in the second and Khris Davis added a solo shot for the Brewers, who have won five of six and are a big league-best 16-6.
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse (4-1) allowed five hits and no walks in seven innings.
Atlanta pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double to lift the Braves to a 3-1 win over Miami.
Braves pitchers struck out 16, giving them 41 strikeouts against just five walks — one intentional — in the three-game series.
The Marlins fell to 1-8 on the road this season.
San Francisco's Hector Sanchez hit two of the Giants' six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th which secured a 12-10 win over Colorado.
Michael Morse also hit two homers — a solo shot in the second and a three-run homer the following inning — as two Giants hit multiple homers in the same game for the first time in nine years.
Brandon Hicks and Brandon Belt also went deep as San Francisco rallied from a 5-1, second-inning deficit.
Los Angeles' Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings to guide the Dodgers to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.
Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs while striking out 11 with one intentional walk. Manager Don Mattingly tried to squeeze one more inning out of Greinke, but lifted him after Jayson Nix drove his 108th pitch for a leadoff homer.