MLB Season Kicks Off With Yankees and Mets Games

"Sometimes you've got to tip your hat to the other team, too", Lester said.

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.

Didn't help that he got no help from his bats.

Cobb, who had an 8.59 ERA last season in limited work, pitched well in his season debut, holding the Yankees to one run on three hits in the first five innings while striking out four batters. They'll head to Baltimore on Wednesday, where they'll spend an off day before facing the Orioles for a three-game set. With promising stuff and an ability to throw strikes, the frustration that has been Pineda is enough to pull your hair out.

In 3 ²/₃ innings Pineda gave up four runs, eight hits, didn't allow a walk and fanned six.

Joe Girardi had just pulled his 28-year-old Opening Day starter after 2.2 innings with the New York Yankees already trailing 7-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees' second home run was scored by third baseman Chase Headley.

Pineda (0-1), who was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay a year ago, struck out six while allowing four runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. The Yankees never recovered from Tanaka's implosion thanks to missed offensive opportunities, but the relief corps kept the team in a game that was closer than the score.

The theme for the Yankees this season in all probability is going to be can the Yankees pitching staff get it going, and if so, when?

He offers a mid-90s fastball with natural cut and an at-times devastating slider, but often his control lapses and he gets hammered.

"Michael might have left Larry scratching his head more than anyone else at times just because it was puzzling the way he'd pitch", Girardi said. Unfortunately, Pineda heavily struggled and didn't make it out of the fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Layne forced Dickerson to pop out to second base.

Before the dramatic finish, the night belonged to St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez, who retired 12 in a row and 18 of 19 over one stretch against the defending champions.

But Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday - the Nos.

Ellsbury singled off Colome but was erased when Castro hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Austin Pruitt started the 9 inning, but was pulled without recording an out. With two outs and the bases loaded, Grichuk lined a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for his second career game-ending hit.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Carlos Santana led off with a home run, Carlos Carrasco struck out seven in his first start since breaking a bone in his right hand last season and Cleveland held on for a victory over Texas. Morrison also had two hits.

  • Julie Sanders