Glorious would be the best way to describe the weather in the Bronx for today's home opener. It would also be an apt description of how the Yankees played this afternoon. Thought it was a close score for much of the game, the Yankees soundly defeated the Rays, 8-1. I didn't have as much time as I thought I would to recap this afternoon's affair, so I'm going to have to keep this one short. Too bad I can't do today's weather or performance justice, but alas, bullet points will have to do:
- Michael Pineda was outstanding this afternoon. He was perfect two outs into the seventh inning when Evan Longoria's double broke up his bid with history. Pineda would finish the game with the following line: 7.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 run (a Logan Morrison homer), 0 walks, and 11 strikeouts on 94 pitches. Big Mike lived up to his moniker, that's for sure. Per Game Score, this was Pineda's best outing of his career (84). More of this please, Pineda.
- #TooManyHomeRuns. Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, and Starlin Castro all went deep this afternoon. Judge's was a majestic arching blast to left against Cobb that I actually thought he got under a tad. Statcast dictated otherwise, but regardless: his power is absurd.
- Brett Gardner swiped two bags today and now has five already this season. After stealing only 16 bases last season, this is a nice development.
- Other Notes:
- Kyle Higashioka made his big league debut, replacing Austin Romine in the field.
- Gary Sanchez will be out for 4 weeks. If all goes well, we'll see him again in early May.
- Chasen Shreve was optioned to Triple-A after the game to make way for Jordan Montgomery, who will start on Wednesday in his major league debut. Exciting!
The Yankees are off tomorrow. They have another matinee on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. As noted, Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut. Blake Snell will be his opponent.