Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Twenty straight Rays had been to the plate and ended up turning right back to the dugout with nothing to show for it against Yankees starter Michael Pineda until Evan Longoria doubled with two outs in the seventh inning.

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. He allowed just two hits and one run in 7.2 innings while striking out 11.

Aaron Judge hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning, and Starlin Castro lined the tiebreaking single in the ninth after two more walks.

Pineda, who gave up four runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss against Alex Cobb at Tampa Bay last week, started 15 of his first 18 batters with strikes and didn't fall behind 2-0 in a count until the sixth.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have had an excellent first week of baseball as they have accrued a record of 5-2 (the best start in franchise history) while every aspect of the team has impressed. Scheduled to make his Major League Baseball debut, Montgomery will become the 49th player in SC history to make it to the Majors.

But as time moved along and the weeding out process began, especially when Luis Cessa was removed from the picture, it suddenly became apparent that there was a job to be won at the top level of the Yankees organization.

The New York Yankees almost enjoyed history in their home opener Monday.

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Right-hander Blake Snell (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Rays.

"He was a four-pitch mix", the manager said.

By rallying from a three-run deficit Sunday, the Yankees avoided what would have been their worst start since opening 1-7 in 1989.

Morrison also factored into Pineda losing his shutout bid by hitting a home run with one out in the eighth.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was leaning toward a particular No. 5 starter as spring training drew toward a close, though he wouldn't identify that pitcher.

"It's top of the seventh here at yankee stadium and the Yankees are pitching a ideal game versus the Tampa rays".

"He had really good fastball command", Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. Just download the FOX Sports Go App and you won't miss one pitch of the action!

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