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Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yankees, 5-1

  • Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Meb Keflezighi, men's winner of the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, throws a ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Meb Keflezighi, men's winner of the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, throws a ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia runs home to score on a single by A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia runs home to score on a single by A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after striking out as Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski holds the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after striking out as Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski holds the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, right, celebrates with first baseman Mike Napoli after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, right, celebrates with first baseman Mike Napoli after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Meb Keflezighi, men's winner of the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, throws a ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia runs home to score on a single by A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after striking out as Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski holds the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, right, celebrates with first baseman Mike Napoli after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – 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, last night.

The right-hander 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. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis. The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda’s neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda’s ejection.

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi called it “an error in judgment” and a “little bump” and “poor 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.”

Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not “have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.”

“We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action,” Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.

In recent suspensions of pitchers for pine tar, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels’ Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis’s Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players’ association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.

In Pineda’s previous start against the Red Sox, a 4-1 Yankees win in New York on April 10, television cameras caught Pineda with what appeared to be sticky pine tar on his hand on a cool night. Farrell didn’t see a photograph of Pineda’s hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.

Pineda said the dark substance was dirt but it sparked debate about pitchers’ use of sticky substances to get a better grip on cool nights.

Last night, with the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.

After Pineda’s ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.

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.

The previous time Lackey faced the Yankees he allowed four homers in a 7-2 loss on April 12. Last night, he struck out the side in the third then had two strikeouts in each of the next two innings.

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.

NOTES

∎ Girardi pushed a television camera focusing on Pineda in the tunnel. Girardi called it a “private area” and said “the camera is meant for the dugout and not the tunnel,” adding “all I did was turn it.”

∎ Boston Marathon men’s champion Meb Keflezighi threw out the ceremonial first pitch wearing a Red Sox jersey with the name “MEB” and the number “26.2” on the back, the mileage distance of the race.

∎ Ortiz played in his 1,643rd game as a designated hitter, matching Harold Baines’s major-league record.

∎ Mark Teixeira struck out four times.

∎ Derek Jeter was 0-for-4, ending his 11-game hitting streak.

∎ In the finale of the three-game series tonight, New York’s CC Sabathia (2-2) pitches against Felix Doubront (1-2).

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