Michael Pineda was ejected during the second inning and the Yankees (12-9) never fully recovered as New York lost to the Boston Red Sox (10-12) by a score of 5-1 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Pineda was ejected after 1 2/3 innings after umpires found what appeared to be pine tar on his neck. He gave up two runs on four hits before officials tossed him from the game.
Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts led the team with two hits apiece. Beltran also scored the lone run of the game for the Yankees.
Alfonso Soriano brought in the Yankees only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right in the sixth.
The Yankees bullpen gave up three runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of action.
What’s Next: The Yankees will head into the rubber game of their three-game series with the Red Sox as they send CC Sabathia (2-2, 5.19 ERA) to the mound against Felix Doubront (1-2, 5.48 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.
Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox after umpires found that the pitcher had pine tar on his neck (Feinsand, April 23).
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to ask umpires to check Pineda’s neck during the second inning. According to Rule 8.02 a player cannot “apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” The rule goes on to say that any pitcher found guilty of such an action “shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games.”
Pineda may not face a 10-game suspension because the National Association Leagues are the Minor Leagues, not the Major Leagues (Sherman, April 23).
When the Red Sox and Yankees faced off in the Bronx on April 10, Pineda had a dark substance on his pitching hand. The Red Sox did not approach the umpires during the game about the substance. Major League Baseball announced on April 11 that it would not suspend Pineda for the substance, which Pineda said was a combination of dirt and sweat.
Coming into Wednesday’s game, Pineda had a 2-1 record with a 1.00 ERA in four starts. The right-hander gee up two earned runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox Wednesday.
Ivan Nova will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on whether or not he should receive Tommy John surgery. (Hoch, April 23).
The Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad suggested the 27-year-old, who suffered a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament during Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, should receive the surgery after a second MRI confirmed the tear, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
After taking a lead in the first inning, the Yankees (12-8) defeated the Boston Red Sox (9-12) by a score of 9-3 Tuesday night at Fenway Park. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Masahiro Tanaka earned his third win of the season after he gave up just two earned runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Both runs came on solo shots by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
New York got on the board early after Jacoby Ellsbury, in his first game back at Fenway, hit a triple on fan interference. Derek Jeter then singled Ellsbury in from third.
Ellsbury had a hand in four of the Yankees runs as he went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Jeter and Carlos Beltran also had two RBIs in the game.
Dellin Betances held the Red Sox scoreless in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
What’s Next: The Yankees will continue their three-game series with the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park as they send Michael Pineda (2-1, 1.00) to the mound against John Lackey (2-2, 5.25) at 7:10 pm ET.
Ivan Nova had an MRI on his right arm on Tuesday, which confirmed the partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
A tear of the UCL is repaired by Tommy John surgery, which takes at least a full calendar year to recover from.
The Yankees have activated David Robertson from the disabled list.
Cesar Cabral has been outrighted to Triple-A.
Robertson was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain on April 7.
The Yankees have optioned Matt Daley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Daley pitched 1 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs (four earned), on five hits and two walks.
After Sunday’s game, Bryan Mitchell was optioned back to Double-A.
Mitchell did not appear in a game.
Dean Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday. >> For the AP recap, visit SNY.tv
Need to Know: Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brian McCann’s two-out single. Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked before Anna checked his swing to complete an eight-pitch at-bat and drive in the go-ahead run.
New York took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Gardner was given an RBI double after a challenge by Girardi. The umpires first ruled that Rays right fielder Wil Myers had caught Gardner’s drive at the wall for the third out. The call was overturned following a 2:17 delay after replays clearly showed Myers caught the ball after it hit off the top of the wall.
Vidal Nuno, in the mix to take the spot of injured starter Ivan Nova, allowed three hits over five shutout innings.
What’s Next: The Yankees play Boston on Tuesday night, a 7 p.m. game.
There’s no way the Yankees would play the 2015 season with Derek Jeter
at shortstop, even were he not to retire.
Jeter’s already poor range has become exponentially worse in the aftermath of his ankle surgeries, and, quite frankly, it’s sometimes hard to watch his feeble attempts at hard-hit balls in the hole or up the middle. Even the plays he does make, like this one, look to be more of a challenge for him than they really should be.
The Yankees will roll the dice with him this year, but that’s only because it’s his last and there’s no long-term replacement on the roster.
I’m just curious as to whether the Yankees gave Jeter a heads-up on that front, and whether that contributed to his decision to retire — although neither party would ever admit such a thing.