Game 21: Yankees at Red Sox

What were the Yankees expecting from Michael Pineda when they reported to Spring Training this season? There were hopes that he would be able to regain his form and make that big trade with the Mariners look like more of a win, sure, but no one really knew for sure what kind of pitcher Pineda could be. Labrum tears are tricky like that; it was certainly fair to have questions and doubts about what the Yankees had on their hands.

And yet here we are at Fenway Park, as Pineda will take the ball carrying a 2-1 record and a sterling 1.00 ERA in his first three starts for the Yankees. He has already defeated the Red Sox once this season – the ‘pine tar/dirt’ game on April 10 at Yankee Stadium – and will be trying to chalk up his third straight victory tonight after blanking the Cubs his last time out. John Lackey has the ball for Boston.

“We weren’t sure what we were going to get from [Pineda] when the season started, that’s for sure, when we came to Spring Training,” manager Joe Girardi said today. “But the way I saw him throw the ball in Spring Training, I’m not surprised what he’s done so far. Obviously our job is to kind of take it a little bit slow with him and we’ve done that, we’ll continue to do that, but we’re really pleased with what he’s done. He’s been dynamite.”

The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN, and can be heard on WFAN.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (12-8)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brett Gardner RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

Michael Pineda RHP (2-1, 1.00)

RED SOX (9-12)

Grady Sizemore RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Xander Bogaerts SS
Brock Holt 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

John Lackey RHP (2-2, 5.25)


girardi takes Pineda under his wing? Probably better a good kick in the ass would work better, but if the Yankees talked to Pineda after the first time and told him of the consequences then he’s got to be not too bright. Or maybe he doesn’t like pitching for the Yankees and needs to be traded. And putting it on his neck where any camera could pick it up and where other players can see it so blatent? There’s got to be somewhere else he could have put it besides his hand and his neck to keep it covered if he was going to do it. Noone saw it on him on the Yankees bench before he came back on the field after the 1st inning? Rothschild didn’t notice? Jeter didn’t notice? Girardi didn’t notice? Are they blind? Or stupid?


Can the Yankees suspend him under the CBA or only MLB? Would the union fight it if the Yankees hit him hard? Being that he was so blatent as the ESPN guys discussed, he need to miss more than 1 or 2 starts no matter where are rotation stands. If he was discrete and didn’t get caught 2 starts ago, I would feel different but this was national tv and he is too balsy.


Why would the Yankees want to suspend him? They need him on the mound, especially down a starting pitcher already with Nova’s injury. They’ll ride out whatever MLB decides, then Pineda will be right back in the rotation.


They probably wouldn’t Bryan but its an embarassment because of how obvious he was about.


Pinhead is a f’ing fraud. I hope someone punched him in the face. He had the Gaul to stand up and deny that he uses it like Braun and then make it blatently obvious. F’ him. I would cut him.

Torre will make the decision. Although it wasn’t sand paper, Roger Goodell hates liars, Pinhead is a liar.


Pineda really knows how to push his luck, except he just got caught which only hurts this team. Once again Phelps struggles and shows why he isn’t a starting or relief pitcher. Wonder how long of a suspensions he’s going to get.


Having been accused of using pine tar in the last series against Boston why wouldn’t the pitching coach or Girardi checked Pineda over before tonight’s game to make sure he wasn’t doing it again? Coaches as stupid as Pineda is. Doesn’t the guy care about the team he is letting down? Now facing suspension with Nova already out of the rotation. I thought it was too quiet in Yankeeland for the first 20 games. That’s as long as the team can go without some controversy.


Two patties short of a Big Mac tonight for Pineda tonight. Pretty STUPID. If memory serves me right Peralta got caught doing this in 2011 and received an 8 game suspension which means one start for Pineda. I agree with you that this is on the coaching staff too. And Phelps is becoming this year’s Joba. Tell me do the IDIOTS in the minor leagues NOT prepare these guys for the majors???


what the hell is going on? How can a pitcher do something stupid like this twice knowing that there could be a suspension. If he can’t pitch without pine tar he shouldn’t be in the rotation. Whether we agree with the rule or not it’s the rule. Now we’ve got David Phelps pitching who is certainly not a Pineda. But what was Pineda in the first month of the season if he’s been using pine tar? Things starting to unravel for the Yankees. We talked about very little drama surrounding this team this year. Well the drama is starting and what is it going to mean for this season that started out so well?


Come on Pineda you are way to good of a pitcher to resort to that again. And against the same team, come one guy use your brain.


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