Yankees notebook: Pineda nearly ideal, Sanchez out 1 month, more

Yankees notebook: Pineda nearly ideal, Sanchez out 1 month, more

Yankees notebook: Pineda nearly ideal, Sanchez out 1 month, more

"He just kind of pitched himself into it", said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who announced the decision Monday after NY beat the Rays 8-1 in its home opener.

Pineda's bid for a ideal game ended one batter later, when Evan Longoria lined Pineda's 75th pitch of the night - a first-pitch slider - into left field for a clean double.

Evan Longoria broke things up with two outs in the seventh with a double down the right field line, but Pineda was still fantastic in his second start of the season.

Pineda then fanned Brad Miller, his 11th strikeout of the afternoon.

According to CBS Sports, New York's Aaron Judge hit a game tying home run, and Starlin Castro's RBI single helped spark a four-run ninth inning for the Yankees as they completed their 7-3 comeback victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

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 Tampa Bay Rays have had an excellent first week of baseball as they have accrued a record of 5-2 (the best start in franchise history) while every aspect of the team has impressed.

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NY improved to 3-4 with its 8-1 win.

It's performances like Monday that give the Yankees' brass hope that Pineda will win a lot of games the rest of the season.

"He had control of his emotions, he had control of his pitches, he had control of the game", catcher Austin Romine said. The fastball hit all cylinders, the slider had momentum and the changeup was effective against the left hand hitters. "I felt like I'd give him one more day".

If there is going to be any discussion of no-hitters or ideal games, it will derive from a pitching matchup of Jordan Montgomery for the Yankees and Blake Snell for the Rays.

Wil Myers hit a leadoff triple in the eighth inning to complete the first cycle of his career, and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3. In his first outing this year, Snell put up a loss against Toronto with 6.2 innings, three hits and four earned.

The Yankees weren't supposed to need a fifth starter until April 16, but the decision came a week early: lefty Jordan Montgomery has won the job, and manager Joe Girardi announced after Monday's game that Montgomery will make his major-league debut on Wednesday, not Saturday as originally planned. "We do feel good", Rays manager Kevin Cash said after his team took three of four games from Toronto.

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