Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Pineda Ejected for Foreign Substance, Yankees Fall at Boston

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Pineda Ejected for Foreign Substance, Yankees Fall at Boston

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Yankees pitcher 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 New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The righthander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance 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.

"When it's that obvious, something has got to be said," Farrell explained after the game. "Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past."

Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits. Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi called it "an error in judgment."

"He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there," Girardi said. "It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete."

AL ROUNDUP

Rangers 3, Athletics 0

Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the host Oakland Athletics.

Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West.

Mariners 5, Astros 3

Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Seattle rallied for a win over Houston to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Houston starter Jarred Cosart, then added the winning shot on the first pitch from Josh Fields (0-1) in the ninth. The five RBIs were a career high for Seager.

Seattle opened the ninth with singles from Robinson Cano and Corey Hart.

Fernando Rodney (1-1) got the victory, pitching the top of the ninth in relief. …

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