The umpires took a close look at Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (©GettyImages)
The umpires took a close look at Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (©GettyImages).

Michael Pineda caught using foreign substance for second time

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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, get out of the game. 

That is the rule Major League Baseball is adhering to it seems after yesterday's action.

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was caught for the second time this season with a significant amount of "a foreign substance" on his body with this latest incident leading to his ejection from last night's game against the Boston Red Sox.

The substance in question, pine tar, was found on the player's neck - the first time it happened it had been found on the pitcher's palm.

Now some people may be wondering as to how this happened yet again.

Well, Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell said he noticed the tar the first time but he did not mention it.

This time though, Farrell said he couldn't let it slide a second time and brought it to officials' attention.

After inspecting Pineda, the head umpire decided that the discretion was enough to warrent an ejection, and the Yankees man saw his game end in the second innings.

New York manager, Joe Giradi, did not react well to the decision, pushing a television camera in anger as Pineda was removed from the game:

"I don't want it down our tunnel" shouted Girardi, the manager going on to say that the tunnel and clubhouse were supposed to be private areas.

Pineda for his part, later insisted that it was never his intent to cheat, instead arguing that he simply used the substance to ensure he did not hit anyone.

The player was suspended for 10 games meaning he will miss his next two starts in the rotation.

At present the New York Yankees have not announced who will fill in for Pineda.

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