Dickerson homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Yankees 4-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Cobb figures to be one of the keys to Tampa Bay's chances of re-emerging as a playoff contender.

The Rays' right-hander continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him most of the past two seasons, pitching into the sixth inning of a 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Building on five starts he made late last year, Cobb (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

''That was probably the best I've been on the mound since I've been back from Tommy John,'' Cobb said. ''It's not to the point where I would like to end up being eventually, but it's definitely good enough to go out there and compete with.''

Corey Dickerson and Derek Norris drove in two runs apiece for the Rays, who took two of three games from their AL East rivals to open a season with a series victory for the first time since 2012.

Dickerson hit the first leadoff homer of his career , driving Michael Pineda's third pitch into the right-field seats. He added an RBI single in the second, when Tampa Bay scored three times with two outs. Norris drove in the first two runs of the inning with a single to center off Pineda.

''It just came down to he made some mistakes with his fastball,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''He made one to Dickerson early. The big one he made was to Norris. He had two outs and he looked like was going to get out of that inning without giving up a run. Just couldn't seem to get the third out.''

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, including a home run off Cobb , but the Yankees got little production from the heart of their lineup in the series. Chase Headley had his third straight multi-hit game for New York, going 2 for 3 to finish 7 of 11 in the three games.

Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday - the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters - went 4 for 37 with one RBI in the series. Sanchez, off to a 1-for-14 start, singled off Cobb in the third inning for his first hit.

''They got off on a little slow start,'' Girardi said, ''but I'm not worried.''

Pineda (0-1), who was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay a year ago, struck out six while allowing four runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

If there was a bright spot for the Yankees in the series, it was the performance of a bullpen that didn't allow a run in 13 2/3 innings, including the final 4 1/3 innings Wednesday night.

Cobb, meanwhile, made his first April start in three years. He won at Tropicana Field for the first time since Aug. 21 against Detroit.

The right-hander missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He went 1-2 with an 8.59 ERA last season.

''This entire time I've tried not to be results-based, whether I'm happy or not with myself with the way the comeback's coming,'' Cobb said. ''There's definitely some more things on my end I need to get to, but with the stuff I had today, I'm real happy about it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius, out until sometime in May with a sprained right shoulder, will increase his throwing from 60 to 90 feet on Thursday.

Rays: SS Matt Duffy (Achilles tendon), one of seven Tampa Bay players who began the season on the disabled list, did flexibility drills in the outfield.

BLAZING START

Headley, who got off to a terrible start last year, has three consecutive multi-hit games to begin a season for the first time. It's the longest such streak for the Yankees since Alfonso Soriano had multiple hits in the first six games of 2003. Headley had a double and a single Wednesday night after going 5 for 8 in the first two games, when he singled three times through vacated spaces on the left side of a shifted infield.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Headley's success against the shift won't necessarily force the Rays to re-think their defensive strategy moving forward.

''I might be wrong, but we're going to trust our process in how we position guys. And if we circle back over a month or a couple series time, and it's shown that enough throughout the league, then we'll make an adjustment,'' Cash said. ''But I don't think we can make a quick adjustment after two games.''

UP NEXT

Yankees: Following an off day, RHP Luis Severino faces Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday night in the first of three games in Baltimore. Severino won the fourth spot in the rotation during spring training. He went 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last season.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell and Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman are the scheduled starters Thursday in the opener of a four-game series. Stroman is 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA in four career starts at Tropicana Field.

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  • W: A. Cobb (1-0)L: M. Pineda (0-1)S: A. Colome (2)
  • HR: NYY - J. Ellsbury (1), TB - C. Dickerson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Gardner LF30100111.273.385.364.7481.5
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G. Bird 1B40000023.083.214.167.381-1.0
M. Holliday DH40100001.182.250.273.5231.0
J. Ellsbury CF41311010.455.500.8181.3187.5
S. Castro 2B40000013.250.250.250.500-0.5
C. Headley 3B30200100.636.6671.0001.6674.0
A. Judge RF40000013.167.167.250.417-0.5
R. Torreyes SS30000001.111.111.444.5560.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH41221012.300.300.600.9007.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40100010.364.462.455.916-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B30000120.333.462.6671.1280.0
    B. Miller 2B40000011.154.154.154.308-0.5
    S. Souza RF30100101.300.417.300.7172.0
    L. Morrison 1B41200011.556.556.8891.4442.5
    T. Beckham SS30000023.200.200.300.500-1.0
    M. Smith LF31100012.286.286.286.5713.5
    D. Norris C31120012.182.182.182.3645.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Headley
      • HR - J. Ellsbury
      • RBI - J. Ellsbury
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Dickerson
      • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (2), D. Norris 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson, D. Norris 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith, D. Norris
      • CS - K. Kiermaier
      FIELDING
      • PB - G. Sanchez
      FIELDING
      • PB - D. Norris
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (L, 0-1)3.28440619.822.18-5.0
      T. Layne1.00001000.001.002.0
      A. Warren2.10000400.000.008.0
      C. Shreve1.00001000.001.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (L, 0-1)3.2
      T. Layne1.0
      A. Warren2.1
      C. Shreve1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (W, 1-0)5.24111411.590.8818.0
      X. Cedeno0.01000000.000.00-1.0
      J. Diaz (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
      E. Ramirez (H, 1)2.01001100.001.004.5
      A. Colome (S, 2)1.02000000.002.008.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (W, 1-0)5.2
      X. Cedeno0.0
      J. Diaz (H, 1)0.1
      E. Ramirez (H, 1)2.0
      A. Colome (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Pineda
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 71-49, T. Layne 14-7, A. Warren 32-21, C. Shreve 17-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 3-1, T. Layne 1-2, A. Warren 2-1, C. Shreve 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 18, T. Layne 4, A. Warren 7, C. Shreve 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 90-56, X. Cedeno 2-2, J. Diaz 3-3, E. Ramirez 38-21, A. Colome 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-7, E. Ramirez 3-1, A. Colome 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 22, X. Cedeno, J. Diaz, E. Ramirez 7, A. Colome 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF30100111.273.385.364.7481.5
      G. Sanchez C40100001.071.071.071.1431.0
      G. Bird 1B40000023.083.214.167.381-1.0
      M. Holliday DH40100001.182.250.273.5231.0
      J. Ellsbury CF41311010.455.500.8181.3187.5
      S. Castro 2B40000013.250.250.250.500-0.5
      C. Headley 3B30200100.636.6671.0001.6674.0
      A. Judge RF40000013.167.167.250.417-0.5
      R. Torreyes SS30000001.111.111.444.5560.0
      Total3318112613-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Dickerson DH41221012.300.300.600.9007.5
        K. Kiermaier CF40100010.364.462.455.916-0.5
        E. Longoria 3B30000120.333.462.6671.1280.0
        B. Miller 2B40000011.154.154.154.308-0.5
        S. Souza RF30100101.300.417.300.7172.0
        L. Morrison 1B41200011.556.556.8891.4442.5
        T. Beckham SS30000023.200.200.300.500-1.0
        M. Smith LF31100012.286.286.286.5713.5
        D. Norris C31120012.182.182.182.3645.5
        Total31484121012-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Headley
          • HR - J. Ellsbury
          • RBI - J. Ellsbury
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Dickerson
          • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (2), D. Norris 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson, D. Norris 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith, D. Norris
          • CS - K. Kiermaier
          FIELDING
          • PB - G. Sanchez
          FIELDING
          • PB - D. Norris
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda (L, 0-1)3.28440619.822.18-5.0
          T. Layne1.00001000.001.002.0
          A. Warren2.10000400.000.008.0
          C. Shreve1.00001000.001.002.0
          Total8.08442101---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda (L, 0-1)3.2
          T. Layne1.0
          A. Warren2.1
          C. Shreve1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (W, 1-0)5.24111411.590.8818.0
          X. Cedeno0.01000000.000.00-1.0
          J. Diaz (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
          E. Ramirez (H, 1)2.01001100.001.004.5
          A. Colome (S, 2)1.02000000.002.008.0
          Total9.0811261---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (W, 1-0)5.2
          X. Cedeno0.0
          J. Diaz (H, 1)0.1
          E. Ramirez (H, 1)2.0
          A. Colome (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Pineda
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 71-49, T. Layne 14-7, A. Warren 32-21, C. Shreve 17-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 3-1, T. Layne 1-2, A. Warren 2-1, C. Shreve 2-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 18, T. Layne 4, A. Warren 7, C. Shreve 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 90-56, X. Cedeno 2-2, J. Diaz 3-3, E. Ramirez 38-21, A. Colome 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-7, E. Ramirez 3-1, A. Colome 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 22, X. Cedeno, J. Diaz, E. Ramirez 7, A. Colome 4
          • 2ND INNING
            Dickerson singled to right, Norris scored14
            Norris singled to right center, Morrison and Smith scored13
            Ellsbury homered to right11
          • 1ST INNING
            Dickerson homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Alex Colome relieved Erasmo Ramirez
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ellsbury reached on an infield single
            • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded into double play third to second to third to first, Ellsbury out at second
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Headley reached on an infield single
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Headley to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Judge flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to left
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Gardner to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
            • M. Holliday: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Holliday grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Adam Warren
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria lined out to left
            • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller grounded out to second
            • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Souza walked
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Erasmo Ramirez relieved Jumbo Diaz
            • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Headley walked
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded into double play shortstop to second to shortstop to first, Headley out at second
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Torreyes flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Warren Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Foul, Foul, Ball, Norris grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Kiermaier struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez flied out to left
            • G. Bird: Bird grounded bunt out to third
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holliday singled to left
            • Xavier Cedeno relieved Alex Cobb
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury reached on an infield single, Holliday to second
            • Jumbo Diaz relieved Xavier Cedeno
            • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Warren Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Headley: Ball, Headley doubled to left center
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Judge reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Headley out at third
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Torreyes grounded out to pitcher, Judge to third
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Layne Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Longoria walked
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller popped out to second
            • Adam Warren relieved Tommy Layne
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Souza lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Holliday flied out to left
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
            • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Morrison singled to center
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Smith singled to left, Morrison to second
            • D. Norris: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
            • Tommy Layne relieved Michael Pineda
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Morrison to third, Smith to second on catcher Sanchez fielding error, Morrison to third, Smith to second on passed ball, Dickerson popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Torreyes lined out to right
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to shallow left center, Gardner to third
            • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bird grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Souza grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Holliday grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury homered to right
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to deep right
            • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Headley popped out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Souza singled to center
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Morrison singled to right center, Souza to second
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Ball, Souza to third, Morrison to second on wild pitch, Foul, Smith reached on fielder's choice to third, Souza out at home, Morrison to third
            • D. Norris: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith stole second, Norris singled to right center, Morrison and Smith scored
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Norris stole second, Dickerson singled to right, Norris scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier singled to right center, Dickerson to third
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Kiermaier caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep center
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson homered to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to center
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Miller grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)