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Pineda pleads no contest to August DUI

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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.

[3] A few other notes and links from today.

• 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 [4]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. [5] 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: [6] “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. [7]

• A.J. Burnett is going to be the Pirates starter on Opening Day. [8]

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