Michael Pineda admitted to using pine tar on the baseball during the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but said he did it not to cheat, rather he did it to ensure he did not hit anyone with an errant pitch. Pineda was ejected by home plate umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis after Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to complain about the shiny blotch on the right side of Pineda's neck, which was clearly visible to television cameras broadcasting the game. The strong possibility that Pineda will be suspended puts the already pitching-depleted Yankees in a further bind. This week, they lost Ivan Nova to a torn elbow ligament that is likely to require Tommy John surgery. The Yankees will use Vidal Nuno into the rotation in his place. The loss of Pineda, even for a start or two, would force Yankees manager Joe Girardi to find another starting pitcher on short notice.
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