Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rays Win Streak Ends, Near Perfect Day For Pineda And Yankees

Rays Win Streak Ends, Near Perfect Day For Pineda And Yankees

"He just kind of pitched himself into it", Girardi told the Associated Press after NY beat the Rays 8-1 in its home opener.

And so, Montgomery's rapid rise through the ranks (he's only three years removed from pitching at the University of South Carolina), gives pause to Yankees fans that, at least in this case, the future is now for the team. The Yankees later tacked on two more insurance runs on a Judge home run.

Neither pitcher hurt their cause when they combined to strike out 11 batters against a Class-A team in Florida.

Girardi did not want to remove his starter, and this early in the season there was no need to keep Pineda in the game as his team with home runs from Aaron Judge, Chase Headley and Starlin Castro built a lead.

Montgomery beat out more established pitchers in a group that included Luis Cessa, Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has a ideal game through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in New York's home opener. He struck out 10 batters heading into the seventh inning and until that point hadn't allowed a hit, a walk or a runner to reach on an error - 18 up, 18 down, a perfect-game bid. The Baltimore Orioles started the day as the only unbeaten team in the majors at 4-0, and could have increased that to 5-0 and an early four game lead over NY.

Mets 4, Phillies 3: Jay Bruce homered twice, including the tiebreaking shot in a testy eighth inning to lead NY over Philadelphia. He took a ideal game into the seventh inning against Tampa Bay and his team won 8-1. Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third and homered in the sixth to help the Padres win for the third time in four games. "I'll look at different scenarios, " Girardi said. It appears that Montgomery will now be taking over Shreve's spot on the Yankees' current roster.

ATHLETICS 2, ROYALS 0: Khris Davis hit a two-run homer, Jharel Cotton shut down Kansas City's anemic offense and Oakland held on to spoil the Royals' home opener. 1B Greg Bird missed his fourth straight game.

Montgomery's final inning started with a leadoff double to left by Steve Souza Jr. before he bore down and fanned Kevin Kiermaler and Evan Longoria (second time).

Tampa Bay's Matt Andriese will make his second start - and hope it goes better than his season debut and spring training.

As you can imagine, folks online weren't too happy with Martha's inadvertent jinx, though it did give the Rays a chance to drop everyone's favorite dismissal of 2017.

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