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New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka Says Going 24-0 in MLB Would Be Tough, but Possible

April 24th, 2014 at 11:57 AM
By Doug Rush

August 19, 2012. The significance of that date; the last time Masahiro Tanaka lost a game, which was when he was pitching in Japan as part of the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

That's because in the 2013 season, Tanaka went 24-0 for his native country and pitched them to a championship and then in 2014 as part of the New York Yankees, Tanaka is already off to a 3-0 start in his first four appearances in the United States.

While it's only April and four starts in, Tanaka has shown the Yankees and the rest of the league that he's been worth every single dollar of the seven-year deal they signed him to over the winter and with each passing start, the Yankees may have found their ace of the future in the 25-year-old Tanaka.

In his first four starts, Tanaka is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 29.1 innings with only two walks and his seven-strikeout performance in 7.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park really got the league's attention on Tuesday night. This week, Tanaka was asked about the possibility of going 24-0 again like he did last year in Japan and Tanaka didn't dismiss the idea of such a possibility while pitching in the Bronx.

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New York Yankees: David Phelps Should Replace Michael Pineda If Suspended

April 23rd, 2014 at 10:55 PM
By Michael Moraitis

If Major League Baseball follows rule 8.02 as it is on the books, then New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will face a suspension for the pine tar on his neck during Wednesday night's loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. And, if that turns out to be the case, David Phelps is the best choice to replace Pineda.

The rule states that pitchers caught with a foreign substance on the mound face an automatic 10-game suspension, so it would seem it's pretty cut and dry after Pineda was tossed during the second inning against the Sox.

MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre does have the final say as to how long Pineda will be out. At best it would seem Pineda will miss five games or one start, but according to the rule it shouldn't be more than ten.

Luckily for the Yanks they have another starter on the roster to fill-in for Pineda until he's gone and that's Phelps.

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Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda Facing Suspension for Substance on Neck Vs. Red Sox

April 23rd, 2014 at 9:03 PM
By Michael Moraitis

After he was caught with what looked like pine tar on his neck, Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees will be facing a suspension that could keep him out of his next two starts.

In case you missed it, NBC Sports had the screen shot of Pineda's neck, clearly showing he had some kind of substance that looked like pine tar:

The rule Pineda broke versus the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night is 8.02 in the Major League Baseball rulebook, which prohibits pitchers using a foreign substance in any regard on the mound:

The pitcher shall not – 

(a) (1) Bring his pitching hand in contact with his mouth or lips while in the 18 foot circle surrounding the pitching rubber. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand.

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Watch Michael Pineda Get Ejected for Substance on Neck Vs. Boston Red Sox

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees was ejected on Wednesday night versus the Boston Red Sox after it was discovered he had a foreign substance on his neck.

After getting away with the pine tar-looking substance on his hand last time against Boston, Pineda was busted by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who then alerted the umpires of the goop on Pineda's neck.

The video is courtesy of MLB.com:

Pretty interesting that Farrell would be the one to alert umpires of a pitcher using a foreign substance considering two of his own pitchers have been suspected of doing the same in the past.

Still, Pineda clearly broke the rules and will pay the price, most likely with a suspension.

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Yankees Vs. Red Sox: Michael Pineda Ejected for Having Substance on Neck

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:07 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees was at it again after he was seen with a substance on a part of his body versus the Boston Red Soxthis time on his neckand was subsequently ejected from the game.

NBC Sports' Twitter page had the picture of Pineda with what looked like pine tar on his neck:

Pineda was tossed during the second inning after recording the first two outs. He was busted by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who alerted the umpires something was up. After making the trip to the mound, Pineda was tossed by the umpires.

The 25-year-old had allowed two runs up until that point and it isn't clear as to when Pineda applied the brown substance to his neck.

In his previous start against Boston, Pineda wasn't caught by umpires or Boston's manager, but rather by cameras and didn't face an ejection. The substance would disappear after being spotted by the viewing public and Pineda finished his start strong.

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