New York Yankees Win Home Opener Behind Dominant Michael Pineda

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You couldn't start a game better than how Michael Pineda began the Yankees' 8-1 home-opening win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

A 24-year-old left-hander selected in the fourth round of the 2014 amateur draft, Montgomery had a 3.20 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances during spring training, striking out 17 and walking three in 19 2/3 innings. "These guys showed a lot today".

GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Giants catcher Buster Posey was doing well after being 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 victory in its home opener.

ATHLETICS 2, ROYALS 0 Khris Davis hit a two-run home run, Jharel Cotton shut down host Kansas City's anemic offense and Oakland held on to spoil the Royals' home opener.

Still, the Yankees looked forward to getting home, where they play 15 of their next 21 games. But it was Montgomery who had the eye of Girardi, and all the young man had to do was make sure there were no hiccups along the way.

Power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez was put on the 10-day disabled list after straining his right biceps against the Orioles on Saturday, and first baseman Greg Bird missed his second straight game Sunday because of a bruised right foot and flu-like symptoms.

Even the Tampa Bay Rays official Twitter account joined in the fun and fired off a cheeky tweet in response to Martha's.

"We should feel good right now". "His stuff is really good - he's able to use his breaking ball extremely well, and when he locates his fastball it's good - and he has different ways he can get you out". "We do feel good about how we're playing and how everybody's contributing". He was 3-for-9 with a home run last week against the Yankees, is a career.278 hitter against NY and has 15 home runs at the current Yankee Stadium.

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Souza has been the Rays' best hitter so far and takes a.417 average into Monday - just in time for another trip to NY.

Mitchell (1-0) got four outs for the win, and Aroldis Chapman retired two batters for the first save of his second Yankees' stint.

Pineda's dominating effort thrilled the Yankees home-opener sellout crowd of 46,955, and overshadowed another solid outing by Rays starter Alex Cobb, who allowed six hits while pitching into the eighth.

Tampa Bay's Blake Snell allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 4 2/3 innings before Diaz and Cedeno gave up the lead. Pineda's last win was August 5 against the Cleveland Indians and since then he is 0-4 with a 4.33 ERA.

That said, Martha Stewart absolutely jinxed the hell out of Michael Pineda, and she owes him a very tasetful yet elaborate floral arrangement by way of apology. He made 102 pitches with 67 for strikes.

Between split time with the AA Trenton Thunder and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Raiders, Montgomery started 25 games with a 14-5 record, 2.13 ERA and a 145 strikeouts to 45 walks in 139 and a third innings.

The Yankees wasted no time scoring again.

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