Michael Pineda took a flawless game into the seventh inning before Martha Stewart ruined everything. The Rays' first hit came on the 84th pitch of his outing and off the bat of Evan Longoria in the top of the seventh inning. Verlander gave up an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings. The hype centered on Pineda and Montero, the latter a 22-year-old thumper who was had hit.288/.348/.467 with 18 homers at Triple A and then a torrid.328/.406/.590 with four homers in 61 plate appearances for the Yankees.
Neither pitcher hurt their cause when they combined to strike out 11 batters against a Class-A team in Florida. In 26 of those turns he allowed one run or fewer, and in 26 others, he allowed four runs or more.
Martha Stewart is public enemy No. 1 among New York Yankees fans right now.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 5-1 in their last six home games versus a left-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven home games.
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Just six seconds into the second half, Isaiah Hicks stole the ball from Josh Perkins, which led to a Joel Berry layup. Meeks received some support on social media for the Most Outstanding Player award that ultimately went to Joel Berry.
"The facilities are a lot better than they are on the road", third baseman Chase Headley said. It just adds an unnecessary layer of pressure to the pitcher and team. Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice versus Cobb, who is 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA against the Yankees.
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.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey was placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms, a day after he was struck in the helmet by a 94 miles per hour fastball from Arizona's Taijuan Walker.
So, on Wednesday, Montgomery will be the second Yankee to make his major-league debut in as many games; catcher Kyle Higashioka did so in the ninth inning of Monday's win, and when he found out following the game that the lefty he caught at both Double-A and Triple-A previous year was coming to join him in the Bronx, Higgy was ecstatic. LHP Blake Snell (0-1) will pitch for the 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.
Pineda will attack hitters with three different pitches: Change-up, Slider, and a Cutter.