Jordan Montgomery bothered by two-out walk of Evan Longoria

The two teams faced off last week for Opening Day at Tropicana Field.

Souza fared especially well against Michael Pineda last season by hitting.476 (10-for-21) with four home runs and seven RBIs.

Pineda is as frustrating a pitcher as there is in the majors. A fielder choice - which put runners on the corners with one out - ended Diaz's afternoon and made way for Xavier Cedeno. Pineda said he has to focus more than he did in his first start.

Also, unwritten rules vary about when it is reasonable to begin using terms like "no-hitter" and "perfect game" to describe a pitcher's outing in progress, but nearly all of them agree that it's OK to discuss such feats by the seventh. He has a fastball that tops out around 96 miles per hour, a change up, slider and curve. He and Austin Romine were on the same page and he mowed down Rays hitter after Rays hitter. It's a longstanding bit of silliness that far too many people abide by, including members of the press, not to mention a flawless game or no-hitter in progress, as if there's some higher power devoting their attention to making sure that humans are deadly quiet and respectful vis a vis the process of getting 27 outs without allowing a base runner or hit.

Pineda took a flawless game into the seventh inning and struck out 11 batters. Pineda would recover quickly, as he struck out Brad Miller to end the seventh inning.

The Yankees scored five in the eighth innings to make it back-to-back victories.

Weeks had hit his first home run of 2017 in the first inning, a two-run shot off Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery, who was making his Major League Baseball debut.

After going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four exhibition games, Andriese allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings during a no-decision in Tampa Bay's win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. He was let down a bit by his fielding. Jacoby Ellsbury then followed with a double to right-center that brought Gardner in.

In an attempt to create comfort, the Yankees gave 26-year-old Kyle Higashioka his first big league start after 10 minor league seasons.

Instead, the Yankees rode shotgun with Pineda into the seventh, at which point they'd taken a 2-0 lead against Alex Cobb.

An error on second baseman Starlin Castro on the next at-bat allowed the runner to score, which counted as an unearned run towards Montgomery's line.

Leading 3-0 in the fifth inning of what had been a solid start by Blake Snell, the Rays gave away the lead with poor pitching and sloppy defense.

  • Julie Sanders


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