BOSTON -- Yankees starter Michael Pineda sounded an apologetic tone after Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park. He had been caught with pine tar on his neck in the second inning of a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox, and he was ejected.
He said he apologized to teammates after the game for letting them down.
"I . . . apologize [to] my teammates and everybody," he said. "I'm [hurt] for this mistake. Won't happen again."
Pineda was caught with two outs in the second and the Yankees trailing, 2-0. After reaching a 2-1 count on Grady Sizemore, John Farrell emerged from the dugout and asked crew chief Gerry Davis to check Pineda for a foreign substance.
"This is the past, I don't want to talk about that," Pineda said. "I know I make a mistake today and that's it."
Davis quickly found a sticky substance on Pineda's neck and ejected Pineda from the game.
It was the second time in as many starts against the Red Sox that Pineda had been suspected of using a foreign substance to get a better grip on his pitches. On April 10, Pineda had what looked to be pine tar in the palm of his throwing hand.
The Red Sox didn't call out Pineda back then, and Pineda told media members after the game that it was only dirt.
Asked why Pineda would use an illegal substance on the mound again, and against the same team.
"I dunno. You know, it's that cold," Pineda said. "I know I don't wanna hit anybody in that inning. I wanna feel good the ball and make a good pitch."
Pineda didn't have any noticeable substances on his person in the first inning when he was knocked around for four hits and two runs.
"First inning, I no feel the ball and you know I no wanna hit anybody so I decided to use," he said.
Pineda said that no one on the Yankees helped him put the pine tar on his neck, and he said he didn't have any conversations the April 10 start with anyone from the team about where to put the substance if he ever felt the need to use it.
If (or rather when) Pineda has to pitch in the cold next, he insisted he wouldn't be using pine tar for a better grip.
"I'm gonna go out there and pitch my game," he said. "I'm not using anymore."