Pineda takes ideal game into 7th; Yanks beat Rays 8-1

Justin Wilson (1-0) struck out one and walked one in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save in three chances. Fortunately for NY, a big ninth inning rally propelled a huge come from behind win yesterday and sent them back to NY with something to feel positive about.

NY took a 2-0 lead against Alex Cobb (1-1) on Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI double in the third and Judge's home run in the fourth, his second in two days.

After all, Joe Torre, perhaps the only person other than the late Bob Sheppard who witnessed all three of those previous perfectos in person, just happened to be in the house on Monday, having thrown out a ceremonial first pitch in celebration of Team USA's win in the World Baseball Classic.

Ronald Torreyes helped NY avoid a sweep vs. Baltimore over the weekend.

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. Posey will be re-evaluated today but, "He's doing good, he's doing fine", Manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're all excited about that". At a point, there was talk that this was going to be a historic Opening Day in the Bronx.

The Rays are 4-0 in their last four games following a loss, and 7-3 in their last 10 overall.

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. NY kicks off a nine game home stand with three vs. their division rival before facing the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox.

Aaron Judge and Chase Headley hit solo shots off Alex Cobb (1-1), while Starlin Castro slugged a two-run home run in a five-run eighth for the Yankees. On his 75th pitch, Evan Longoria lined a first-pitch slider into left field for a clean double.

Montgomery was on the AA and AAA level in 2016, recording a 14-5 record with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts.

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The game is scheduled to be televised on MLB Network. The game will also air on the YES Network and local FOX Sports outlets.

Posey was doing well after being struck by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning Monday, a scary moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks during its home opener.

  • Ernesto Newman