Former Gamecocks ace to start for the Yankees

New York Yankees Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore Saturday

Apparently, that includes Martha Stewart, who was at Yankee Stadium and felt the need to bless the Internet with a "Hey-everybody-perfect-game-over-here" tweet.

As Michael Pineda threw strike after strike and got out after out, the excitement of the home opener crowd at Yankee Stadium increased and its noise-level rose.

After breaking up the ideal game in the seventh, the Rays ended Pineda's bid for a shutout in the eighth, as Logan Morrison hit a ball just over the wall in right, though it took a replay review for the umps to confirm what seemed obvious. Posey will be re-evaluated today but, "He's doing good, he's doing fine", Manager Bruce Bochy said.

He was ideal through 6.2 innings before a two-out double that the Ray's Evan Longoria hit sharply to left field.

Pineda has struck out nine and started 15 of 18 batters with strikes, throwing 52 of 74 pitches for strikes. This has been the crux of Pineda's career: giving up runs and having incredible peripheral numbers. Steven Souza Jr. said of Pineda, "That was the best I've seen him so far".

The Yankees rallied with five runs in the final two innings to earn a 7-3 victory at Baltimore on Sunday to end a three-game slide and take some positives home with them.

Longoria's hit, cleanly into leftfield, was welcomed by the Rays, who had barely been able to touch Pineda, 10 of their first 19 striking out.

Montgomery made his first start of the season last Thursday, allowing an unearned run and three hits in five innings for Class A Tampa.

"He deserves it; I knew he had great stuff, and he was working on his consistency, especially the slider", Higashioka said.

Cobb won his 2017 debut with a solid 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts against the Yankees after missing most of the previous two years following Tommy John surgery. He's struck out seven times. 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.

Pineda's ability to miss bats with his mid-90s fastball, slider and changeup is the reason NY has been so patient with him. He did enough to put himself in position for an early call-up - there's a pretty good chance Montgomery would have been in the Opening Day rotation had the Yankees needed their fifth starter right out of the gate - and tomorrow afternoon he'll make his first big league start.


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