Longoria reached on a first-pitch hanging slider and tipped his helmet to Pineda after reaching second. The Rays are off to their best seven-game start in team history by winning five of their first seven games. Pineda [1-1] allowed two hits and a run while tossing 11 strikeouts in his 7.2 innings of work. He was 6-12 previous year with a 4.82 ERA, but he led the Yankees in strikeouts.
Girardi did not want to remove his starter, and this early in the season there was no need to keep Pineda in the game as his team with home runs from Aaron Judge, Chase Headley and Starlin Castro built a lead.
Pineda (1-1) entered New York's home opener with a 9.82 ERA after not making it past the fourth inning on Wednesday in Tampa Bay. The last time the Yankees began a season with five losses in their first six games occurred during the 74-win 1989 season, and NY was on the verge of matching that start Sunday in Baltimore. Give me the Yankees to get another win.
The Yankees announced on Monday that the 24-year-old Montgomery, a standout performer for Sumter High School, the American Legion Sumter P-15's and the University of SC, had won the role as the team's fifth starter.
"He was a four-pitch mix", the manager said. It's ongoing. Montgomery is getting the first chance to show what he can do as the fifth starter and he'll have to pitch well to keep the job.
He was 3-for-9 with a home run last week against the Yankees, is a career.278 hitter against NY and has 15 home runs at the current Yankee Stadium. They're also 5-2 in their last seven home games dating back to last season, while the Rays are just 1-5 in Snell's last six road starts.
The Yankees (3-4) get 24-year-old lefty Jordan Montgomery on the mound for today's 1:05 first pitch in the Bronx against the Tampa Rays. The Baltimore Orioles started the day as the only unbeaten team in the majors at 4-0, and could have increased that to 5-0 and an early four game lead over NY.
He allowed a run in the third as the result of a bad break, the breaking ball that Brett Gardner swung at and missed for the second out instead bouncing away from catcher Derek Norris.