Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez walks out of an empty dugout after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore Friday

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees 2017: Live Stream, TV Info & Game Odds For Yankees Home Opener

After losing the ideal game, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothchild made a trip to the mound to settle down Pineda, who promptly finished the inning with a strikeout of Brad Miller.

Pineda's near-perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, who saw no hits until the seventh inning, was the subject of an ill-fated tweet by the television chef.

OUR PICK: The Yankees have won four of their last five games against the Rays at home and are a ideal 5-0 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter.

NY won four of its first six games previous year before sliding to a 9-17 start.

In the first game of the three-game series, Yankees posted a 1-8 win over the Rays.

While Pineda was getting fans to think about history, NY built a 2-0 lead on Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI double in the third and Aaron Judge's long home run in the fourth off Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb (1-1).

On April 23, 2015, Snell made a spot start against the Yankees and did not get a decision after allowing one run and two hits in five innings during New York's 3-2 win.

2nd in American League East, Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) is up against 4th in American League East, New York Yankees (3-4) today. The Rays' first hit came on the 84th pitch of his outing and off the bat of Evan Longoria in the top of the seventh inning. Before going 0-for-3 against RHP Michael Pineda, Tampa Bay RF Steven Souza Jr. was 10-for-21 off him.

"We've got a great team here and I'm just excited for this 2017 season to get going and be home for a little bit, and play in front of our fans". "He has four-pitch mix". Catcher Austin Romine said he'd never seen the big righthander as composed as he was on Monday, but most importantly, it was one of those days when he had his best slider, the one that falls off the table late, and he wasn't making mistakes with it. He had 32 quality starts (six or more innings three or fewer earned runs) and 12 disaster starts (more runs allowed than innings pitched). The fastball hit all cylinders, the slider had momentum and the changeup was effective against the left hand hitters. And if you know Michael Pineda, you know there's a huge difference between Big Mike, who has no-hit type of stuff, and Big Mike, who had a 4.82 ERA last season. NY 1B Greg Bird missed his third straight game, a layoff originally caused by a sore ankle but now by a stomach illness. Pineda has not fared well against the Rays in his career as he is just 2-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 13 career starts against Tampa Bay.

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