Pineda shines, Yankees top Rays in home opener

Rickie Weeks Jr. is congratulated after hitting a two-run homer

Rickie Weeks Jr. is congratulated after hitting a two-run homer

Michael Pineda retired the first 20 Rays' batters before Evan Longoria delivered a double with 2-out in the seventh inning.

Logan Morrison cut the lead to 3-1, belting a one-out solo homer in the eighth, which required video review (the ball hit a fan's outstretched glove as it traveled toward the first row of seats). He struck out seven batters while allowing five hits and surrendering two earned runs in the start.

Judge's sixth-inning RBI single against Jumbo Diaz (0-1) - measured at 116.5 miles per hour off the bat - tied the score 3-3, and the Yankees had runners at the corners and when Brett Gardner hit a one-out comebacker. Pineda puts together one strong start and follows it with a dud, or even implodes one inning.

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.

Harper drove in three runs during his first four-hit game since April 17, 2013.

When asked to describe what was going on in the Yankees dugout before Longoria became the first base runner for Tampa Bay, manager Joe Girardi said, "Thinking it's going to be another special day at the stadium".

"We've got to play a cleaner game for sure to win", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Gardner was injured in a collision at first base with Rickie Weeks Jr.in the sixth inning Wednesday, when he reached on a throwing error by reliever Xavier Cedeno.

When the Yankees opened their Spring Training camp in February, the name Jordan Montgomery barely caused a blip on the radar screen when it came to the composition of the team's starting rotation.

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. After erasing a 3-0, fifth-inning deficit against the Rays, the Yankees have a chance Thursday to move over.500 for the first time this season. "He did have a pretty good mix [of pitches]". Hicks drove in two runs without a hit Wednesday and is 3-for-13 so far. "We do feel good about how we're playing and how everybody's contributing". Higashioka, who made his debut in the ninth inning Monday, caught Montgomery 13 times in the minors a year ago. In his last start at New York, Cobb took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and wound up with a no-decision when the Yankees won in the ninth inning on September 11, 2014.

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