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Yanks' Pineda Begins 10 Game Suspension Over Pine Tar Slip

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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games after being tossed out of Wednesday night's game in Boston when umpires discovered pine tar on his neck in the second inning.

The suspension begins Thursday unless the Yankees decide to appeal.

A 10-game suspension guarantees the 25-year-old would miss at least one start.

The former All-Star admitted after the game to using the illegal substance to get a better grip on the ball in the cold weather.

Fans who spoke with NY1 had a mixed reaction.

"I don't think it was really cheating, it's just getting grip on the ball," said one Yankees fan.

"It definitely makes a difference. Gripping the ball, getting spin on the ball, movement of the ball. So it's definitely a disadvantage for the other team," said another Yankees fan.

"It's about the sport and the integrity of the game," noted a third Yankees fan.

Pineda had previously gotten away with applying a foreign substance to the ball earlier this month during a game against Boston at Yankee Stadium.

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