Longoria breaks up Pineda's perfect-game bid in 7th

Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut for the Yankees and be opposed by Blake Snell of the Rays.

After an off day, 24-year-old LHP Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut for NY on Wednesday and LHP Blake Snell (0-1) for the Rays.

Benintendi remained in the game, which is more than can be said for Jackie Bradley who sprained his knee after stumbling while rounding first base like Chevy Chase imitating Gerald Ford.

Michael Pineda, the former blue-chip prospect who still gives the occasional flash of brilliance, nearly gave the Yankees a home opener for the ages today.

Fantasy Impact After allowing four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Rays on Wednesday, Pineda was untouchable on Monday.

Snell agreed with his skipper that he "yanked" his final pitch, a 3-2 slider to Hicks and that his workload in the fifth inning exhausted him out. Justin Wilson (1-0) struck out one and walked one in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save in three chances.

Pineda now has a 3.97 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 17 strikeouts, and a 1-1 record after 11 1/3 innings pitched in 2017. Tampa Bay's Logan Morrison homered with one out in the eighth, a ball that hit off the top of the wall in right-center and deflected off a fan before bouncing back onto the field.

It was sunny and 76 degrees at game time, more than double the 36 for last year's Yankee Stadium opener. He bounced a hurried throw to first, and Gardner ran into Weeks.

Perhaps, though, the most savage tweet came from the Rays Twitter account, who responded to Martha's tweet about a flawless game by simply writing, "fake news". Gardner has five after swiping second and third in the home opener. Recently bumped up to the cleanup spot, Bruce put the Mets in front 4-2 with a towering, two-run drive off his own digital image on the videoboard in right field on a 1-2 pitch from Joely Rodriguez.

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.

OUR PICK: The Yankees have won four of their last five games against the Rays at home and are a flawless 5-0 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. 1B Greg Bird missed his fourth straight game. Everybody includes Evan Longoria, who has two home runs and five RBI despite a 6-for-26 (.231) start.

Luis Severino had originally been slated to start on Wednesday, according to Adler, but his start will be pushed back a day.

  • Julie Sanders