MLB Yankees' Pineda nearly flawless in 8-1 win over Rays

And because Michael Pineda threw strikes, 67 of them on 93 pitches, he was special in the Yankees 8-1 home opening win over the Rays. A Castro fielding error brought home the Rays' third run in the fifth and a garbage time RBI double by Chris Dickerson in the eighth was the extent of the team's scoring.

Any and every baseball fan knows how this goes: You never speak about a ideal game or a no-hitter as it's happening.

"Usually I like getting to the field early on start days, just so I can settle in and kind of relax", the 6-foot-6 hurler said. Toronto had the lead in all three, highlighting the costly loss of closer Roberto Osuna who started the year on the DL with neck and back pain. And after Chase Headley made a hit-saving, backhanded play on a Derek Norris grounder, Pineda was lifted and received another standing ovation upon his exit.

He allowed a long two-run homer to Rickie Weeks in the first inning after a two-out walk to Evan Longoria, then settled in.

Pineda was dominant all afternoon against Tampa Bay. "And I don't care how you get to the next base, but your job is to score 100 runs". "His stuff is really good - he's able to use his breaking ball extremely well, and when he locates his fastball it's good - and he has different ways he can get you out. We have to figure out a way to not let that be what defines us over the course of the year". NY simply doesn't play well in support of Severino, so I'm going to take the Rays to get a victory here in the finale. They'll likely be without Weeks, who is day-to-day with neck and right shoulder soreness.

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 host San Francisco's victory against Arizona in its home opener.

Right-hander Blake Snell (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Rays.

Montgomery allowed three hits on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings.

ATHLETICS 2, ROYALS 0 Khris Davis hit a two-run home run, Jharel Cotton shut down host Kansas City's anemic offense and Oakland held on to spoil the Royals' home opener.

The Rays and Yankees conclude the series Thursday night, with Matt Andriese facing Luis Severino. An interesting thing to look at for Pineda, who had allowed a.958 OPS to current Rays' batters coming into today's start, is that he has 17 strikeouts without a walk in 11 1/3 innings this season. Andriese gave up five runs - four earned - in four innings last Friday against Toronto.

Mixing up four pitches to both sides of the plate, Montgomery was at his best when in trouble.

In three seasons with the Gamecocks, Montgomery went 20-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 44 games.

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