BOSTON (AP) — Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night.
The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance, possibly pine tar, 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.
John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.
Mike Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
After Pineda was ejected, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pushed a television camera to keep it from aiming into the tunnel between the team’s dugout and clubhouse, a move he does not expected to be fined for.
Girardi said cameras are not permitted to show scenes in the tunnel. And he says he’ll have “a real problem” if he is fined. “I didn’t do anything to hurt the camera.”
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz says the network plans to review the situation with Major League Baseball.