Rays Win Streak Ends, Near Perfect Day For Pineda And Yankees

The Yankees chose to move Luis Severino back a day to give Montgomery the start after the 24-year-old pitched five innings of one-run, three-hit ball with Class A Tampa as a tune-up. It's a longstanding bit of silliness that far too many people abide by, including members of the press, not to mention a ideal 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.

"The fans were excited with two strikes", Pineda said with a smile.

He threw a first pitch strike to 20 of the 25 batters he faced.

After Longoria's double, pitching coach Larry Rothschild made a quick trip to the mound and Pineda followed up by fanning Brad Miller - his 11th and last strikeout of the day.

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.

The Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1, the Oakland Athletics scored twice in the fourth innings to see off the Kansas City Royals, and the San Francisco Giants overcame the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1.

Blake Snell allowed a pair of unearned runs and two hits in 4 2/3 innings. Ian Kinsler homered off Sale in the sixth. 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.

Cotton (1-1) gave up a single in the first and another in the sixth, but otherwise befuddled the Royals. Hicks drove in two runs without a hit Wednesday and is 3-for-13 so far. He struck out 212 and walked only 57. Cobb was lifted from the game after that, and the Yankees tacked on three more runs with Austin Pruitt in the game, pushing the score to 8-1, which was how things ended. Posey is likely to sit out today's game.

"You saw the action", Pineda said of the pitch while warming up. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner sprinted toward the plate and Bochy was right behind. The Yankees are on a three-game winning streak after opening the season with four losses in five games. Miguel Diaz (1-0) and five other pitchers combined to keep Colorado in check. Andriese gave up five runs - four earned - in four innings last Friday against Toronto. Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton and Ryan Zimmerman each had three of Washington's 19 hits, and the Nationals overcame four errors by breaking open the game in a seven-run eighth inning.

  • Julie Sanders