- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The pine tar on Michael Pineda’s neck was a stain for the New York Yankees.

General manager Brian Cashman was “embarrassed.”

Manager Joe Girardi called it “poor judgment.”

And Pineda was “sad” and vowed not to do it again.

The Yankees‘ right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The previous time, Pineda said he used “dirt” on his right palm to get a better grip in cold weather in a 4-1 win over Boston on April 10 in New York.

This time, he said he decided to put pine tar on the right side of his neck after allowing two runs in the first inning on another chilly night so he could use it to grip the ball.

“I’ll learn from this mistake,” a downcast Pineda said. “It won’t happen again.”

He was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

“When it’s that obvious, something has got to be said,” Farrell said. “Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.”

Davis said he found pine tar and Pineda gave no explanation as he left the mound.

Cashman said that in a similar situation, “I would want my manager to do what John Farrell did.”

He said the issue was discussed with Pineda after the game on April 10 and again after he was ejected. Now he expects Pineda to be suspended.

“He did what he did, but we’re also responsible that somehow he got out of our dugout and was on the field in that manner,” Cashman said. “That never should have happened.”

Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.

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