Pineda pitched two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday and left to a standing ovation in the Yankees' 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Longoria's hit, cleanly into leftfield, was welcomed by the Rays, who had barely been able to touch Pineda, 10 of their first 19 striking out. But Yankees fans are all in with him now as the 24-year-old 6 foot 6-inch southpaw stands on the hill tomorrow to make his major league debut.
Pineda did not show improvement in his season opener while allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay.
In a span of four pitches, Matt Holliday had a run-scoring double, Chris Carter had an RBI triple and Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer, with Rays leftfielder Mallex Smith slamming into the bullpen wall on the triple and rightfielder Steven Souza jr. slamming into the rightfield wall on the homer.
While there may be 162 games each season, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi knows that a slow start in April can put you in a bad position all season long, especially if a team in your division starts out red hot. Scheduled to make his Major League Baseball debut, Montgomery will become the 49th player in SC history to make it to the Majors. Give me the Yankees to get another win. They wanted this more and this second start of the young season certainly does dwell for optimism for the Yankees and for Michael Pineda.
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The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains. NY also altered its rotation and announced LHP Jordon Montgomery will start Wednesday while RHP Luis Severino, RHP Masahiro Tanaka and LHP CC Sabathia will be pushed back an extra day. Just download the FOX Sports Go App and you won't miss one pitch of the action!
When asked to describe what was going on in the Yankees dugout before Longoria became the first base runner for Tampa Bay, manager Joe Girardi said, "Thinking it's going to be another special day at the stadium".
"He had control of his emotions, he had control of his pitches, he had control of the game", catcher Austin Romine said.
Flu-like symptoms and a sore right ankle have kept Bird on the pine since last Friday.
The 24-year-old Montgomery will be making his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday after opening eyes in Spring Training. In 26 of those turns he allowed one run or fewer, and in 26 others, he allowed four runs or more. He had a 3.20 ERA at the end of the Spring, which included pitching four hit-less innings during the Spring Training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers.
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