BOSTON – 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.
The right-hander was thrown out in the second 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.
When it’s that obvious, something has got to be said, Farrell said after the game. Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.
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. Farrell didn’t see a photograph of Pineda’s hand until the fourth; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 4: In Detroit, Marcus Semien’s seventh-inning grand slam lifted Chicago. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed gave up two singles and a walk.
RANGERS 3, ATHLETICS 0: In Oakland, Calif., Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 for Texas.
MARINERS 5, ASTROS 3: In Seattle, Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Seattle.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3: In Cleveland, Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning to lift Cleveland.
ORIOLES 10, BLUE JAYS 8: In Toronto, Nelson Cruz hit two of Baltimore’s season-high four home runs.
TWINS 6, RAYS 4, 12 INN.: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Chris Colabello drove in four runs and two of them came on a 12th-inning single that lifted Minnesota.
BRAVES 3, MARLINS 1: In Atlanta, pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double as Atlanta won for the ninth time in 12 games.
GIANTS 12, ROCKIES 10, 11 inn.: In Denver, Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco’s six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning that gave the Giants a wild win.
METS 3, CARDINALS 2: In New York, Lucas Duda hit a long home run and New York threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning.
REDS 5, PIRATES 2: In Pittsburgh, Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh despite erratic control and Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game to lead Cincinnati.
BREWERS 5, PADRES 2: In Milwaukee, Jean Segura hit a three-run homer, and Milwaukee broke out of an offensive slumber at home to support Kyle Lohse.
NATIONALS 5, ANGELS 4: In Washington, Adam LaRoche’s tiebreaking RBI single off the first pitch from Fernando Salas capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Washington.