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BOSTON (AP) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won’t appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.

“I accept it,” Pineda said before Thursday night’s game at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”

The commissioner’s office announced the ban, which started immediately.

Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-hander’s neck.

After the game, Pineda admitted he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night.

BOSTON (AP) - New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.

Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform the operation on Tuesday.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the lineup for the first time this season.

He batted in his usual second spot against the New York Yankees after missing the first 22 games with a hamstring injury and the flu.

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left fielder Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his right foot and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno.

Trumbo said he felt pain while jogging to his position Monday against the Chicago Cubs and an MRI revealed the stress fracture. He goes on the DL retroactive to Tuesday.

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A woman who said Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel a year ago when the team was in town to play the Nationals is suing the player for $15 million.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. The suit says she met Simon at a nightclub and went with him by cab to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel where, she claims, he forced sex upon her.

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