It was sunny and 76 degrees at game time, more than double the 36 for last year's Yankee Stadium opener.
Tempers flared two batters earlier when Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw a first-pitch fastball over Asdrubal Cabrera's head - perhaps seeking revenge for Cabrera's two-handed bat flip after hitting a game-winning homer against Ramos last September 22.
"Decent real estate", Gardner said. Rays batters whiffed 10 times against Pineda's slider, and watched another five cross the plate for called strikes. He's 6-foot-6. He's left-handed.
Montgomery, a fourth-round pick of the Yankees in the 2014 draft, allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings in a 3-1 victory over Toronto in his next start.
"Every inning, (I) focused on getting outs quick, hitter by hitter - focused on being aggressive", added Pineda, who had lasted less than four innings against the Rays at Tampa Bay last week. He then jumped ahead 0-2 to Longoria, one of the major's best hitters, before throwing four straight balls. The Rays also were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "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've got to figure out a way to clean that up". "You never want to give up a two-run jack in the first inning, " he said, "but I just tried to focus on no more [runs] after that and get back after it. Two-out walks always come back to get you, so it's one of the things I'm going to learn from that and try to improve on that". "You can't let that kind of stuff snowball".
Luis Severino had been scheduled to start Wednesday but will now start Thursday's series finale. Since then, he has gone 0-8 with a 7.84 ERA in 13 starts with NY. Andriese gave up five runs - four earned - in four innings last Friday against Toronto.
Montgomery allowed a two-run home run in the first inning, but the big lefty was otherwise impressive in his first time out as the Yankees' fifth starter.
In three seasons with the Gamecocks, Montgomery went 20-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 44 games.
Montgomery didn't even get the opportunity to start until March 23, but he had made four relief appearances and pitched to 3.48 ERA in those outings - the last four flawless innings to finish out a no-hitter on March 17.
Reds 7, Pirates 1: Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett homered, and Cincinnati took advantage of wild Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow.