Pineda takes flawless game into 7th; Yanks beat Rays 8-1

Posted April 13, 2017

For example, last week in Tampa, during the second game of the regular season, Pineda surrendered a lead-off home run to Corey Dickerson and it set the tone for his abbreviated first start.

The Michael Pineda pitching on the mound at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon is the one the Yankees and their fans have been waiting to see since he was traded to the club in 2012. But Yankees fans are all in with him now as the 24-year-old 6 foot 6-inch southpaw stands on the hill tomorrow to make his major league debut. He struck out a team-high 207 and led the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

In a span of four pitches, Matt Holliday had a run-scoring double, Chris Carter had an RBI triple and Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer, with Rays leftfielder Mallex Smith slamming into the bullpen wall on the triple and rightfielder Steven Souza jr. slamming into the rightfield wall on the homer.

OUR PICK: The Yankees have won four of their last five games against the Rays at home and are a ideal 5-0 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter.

Everything was ideal for the New York Yankees in the home opener, from the weather to nearly every pitch coming out of Michael Pineda's right hand. The last time the Yankees began a season with five losses in their first six games occurred during the 74-win 1989 season, and NY was on the verge of matching that start Sunday in Baltimore. He pitched the Gamecocks to an 8-0 win in an elimination game against the Tar Heels who came in with a vaunted offensive attack. While it is still very early in the season, yesterday's win was much needed for the Yankees, who avoided their first 1-5 start since 1989.

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So far this season he has played in 31 of the team's 39 competitive games, contributing five goals and setting up four more. Max Meyer set up Guido Burgstaller to give the home side an early lead, and Leon Goretzka made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute.

Montgomery will throw his first pitch at 1:05 PM against the 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays.

Giants catcher Buster Posey was struck in the helmet by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game, a frightening moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.

Pineda will attack hitters with three different pitches: Change-up, Slider, and a Cutter. "He has four-pitch mix. We're not built that way", Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

From the fourth inning on, Pineda had to notice something special was happening. Pineda is 2-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 13 career starts against Tampa Bay.