Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Nothing much wrong with the towering righthander, period.

"It's top of the seventh here at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees are pitching a flawless game versus the Tampa Bay Rays", Stewart tweeted Monday afternoon.

"He had full command of all of his pitches today", Longoria said. "At no point in time did he lose that control", Yankees catcher Austin Romine said.

Pitcher Michael Pineda starred as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in their Major League Baseball home season opener.

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Mindful of Pineda's past troubles with two outs - opponents had a.325/.383/.598 slash line with 13 homers in such situations a year ago - pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Romine quickly went to the mound for a visit. Longoria said it felt like the flawless game could happen, and he should know; he's been on the wrong end of three no-hitters. "He understood. All that flawless game, no-hitter, that's fun stuff to talk about, but he had a job that he wanted to do, and that was to get the team a win". He had his slider working overtime against the Rays' batters and they (for the most part) couldn't do anything with it. Longoria's double happened to be off a slider that stayed up in the zone, but Pineda's other sliders?

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 San Francisco's victory over Arizona in its home opener.

Aaron Judge, Chase Headley and Starlin Castro homered while Matt Holliday and Jacoby Ellsbury delivered RBI doubles.

Pineda was so good that by the seventh inning, with a reasonable pitch count, Girardi was playing out scenarios in his head.

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Montgomery is the Yankees' fifth starter for the time being, though many thought his debut would take place Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The crowd was with him, his teammates in the dugout as all ballplayers do when a special moment may be closing in, they ignored Pineda and he went back to work. "Starting past year, progressively it was better and better and better, and it evolved to the point to where when he was taking the mound, you knew it was a shutout".

Anyway, here's what manager Joe Girardi liked about the 6-foot-6 lefty with the intriguing downhill angle to his delivery: "It was (his) four-pitch mix (curveball, cutter, change-up fastball)". We've always respected how he comes out and competes.

"I think it's just in a weird spot", said Bird, who's been in pain since fouling a ball off the ankle at the end of spring training.

"He deserves it; I knew he had great stuff, and he was working on his consistency, especially the slider", Higashioka said. Pineda (1-1) struck out 11, walked none and threw 67 of 93 pitches for strikes.

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