Here’s The Associated Press…
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.
Hillsborough County State Attorney spokesman Mark Cox says Pineda entered the plea Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom.
Pineda was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa on Aug. 20 last year.
Cox says a judge ordered that Pineda serve 50 hours community service, up to one year of probation, attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.
The 24-year-old Pineda missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, and he’s expected to be out until at least June of this year as he recovers.
• Today was photo day, which means a chance for the world to see the mustache that Joba Chamberlain has been sporting in the Yankees clubhouse the past week and a half. It’s … special.
• Wally Matthews quotes a source who says Hal Steinbrenner is beginning to break from his desire that payroll be cut beneath the luxury tax threshold and might be willing to spend significantly next offseason.
• David Price told Jon Paul Morosi that he doesn’t think he could ever play for the Yankees. He likes his facial hair too much. “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there,” Price said. “Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”
• Derek Jeter’s response to Price’s comment: “Do you really think some player would say no, all things considered, if it was a good deal for them? I’m not talking about his situation, but if it was a good deal for a player, I’m pretty sure most guys – maybe not all guys – would have no trouble shaving.”
• Fun story from Dan Barbarisi about the Batting Stance Guy wanting Kevin Youkilis to return to his old hitting mechanics.
• A.J. Burnett is going to be the Pirates starter on Opening Day.
Associated Press photos