Major League roundup: Rays, Diamondbacks win openers

"Opening day is awesome, because it's the time for everybody to hit the reset button anything is possible with the new season", said Mussett. He narrowly escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to turn a five-run lead over to a revamped bullpen. With Yan Gomes on the DL, the 28-year-old Perez started all 15 games in the postseason. Headley started in a lengthy slump a year ago and did not get his first extra-base hit until May 12. The Yankees need to see him bounce back from his opening day debacle and at least maintain his level of performance from the past three seasons. Aaron Judge ripped a RBI double that scored Starlin Castro. All things considered, in a comfortable home game at Tropicana I like the Rays to take the victory here.

He also has a history of success against the Rays at Tropicana Field, where he's won all three of his career starts with a 1.80 ERA.

St. Louis went 86-76 a year ago and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but the winter additions of Fowler and reliever Brett Cecil ramped up the optimism for this season.

It was the second-shortest start of Tanka's career in the majors.

Shortstop Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees makes the on a ground out off the bat of Steven Souza Jr. of the Tampa Bay Rays to end the third inning of a game on April 4, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Something certainly has lit a fire under Headley already, as well, going 5-for-8 with a homer through two games, one year after he started out 2016 without a homer until May 12.

Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius (right shoulder strain) expects to start limited baseball activities the middle of this week. "I mean that's what Evan Longoria - that's why he's been such a staple here for the Tampa Bay Rays for so long". Seven players, including C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus and SS Matt Duffy, begin the season on the disabled list.

There are now (as of Tuesday) 121 products of the Appalachian League on Major League rosters, including Kevin Keirmaier, left, and 15 others from the Princeton Rays, six for the Bluefield Blue Jays and four from the Bluefield Orioles.

Rays: OF Colby Rasmus, on the 10-day DL while recovering from hip surgery, did agility drills and ran the bases. He went 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 14 outings after the All-Star break a year ago. He should have confidence against the Yankees: His career ERA of 2.91 in 12 starts against NY is third-best among all active pitchers, even though the Yankees tagged him for 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings last season.

Austin Pruitt started the 9 inning, but was pulled without recording an out.

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