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

NEW YORK (AP) 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.

''You're thinking is it's going to be another special day here at the Stadium,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Pineda retired his first 20 batters, striking out half of them with a darting fastball, a diving slider and a moving changeup.

Could he? Would he?

Pineda finally made a mistake when he hung a slider to Evan Longoria, who doubled into the left-field corner with two outs in the seventh. Pineda pitched two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday and left to a standing ovation in the Yankees' 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

''When the fans stand up, it's a good moment for me,'' Pineda said.

He dominated like the pitcher the Yankees have always hoped he would become. Pineda (1-1) struck out 11 , walked none and threw 67 of 93 pitches for strikes.

''He had control of his pitches. He had control of the game. At no point in time did he lose that control,'' Yankees catcher Austin Romine said.

A hard-throwing 28-year-old right-hander obtained from Seattle after the 2011 season, Pineda was 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA last year, the 68th-highest ERA among 74 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues. Yet he struck out a team-high 207 and led the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

''It's mind-boggling,'' Girardi said before his final start last season. ''It just doesn't make sense.''

He tried to define the difficulty Monday.

''It's mechanical,'' Girardi said. ''So is it mental? Is it physical? What is it? It's everything being on time, and the bigger you are, the harder that is.''

Aaron Judge , Chase Headley and Starlin Castro homered for the Yankees, who broke open the game with a five-run eighth inning and won their second straight following a 1-4 start.

Pineda, who gave up four runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss against Alex Cobb at Tampa Bay last week, started 15 of his first 18 batters with strikes and didn't fall behind 2-0 in a count until the sixth. Longoria reached on a first-pitch hanging slider and tipped his helmet to Pineda after reaching second. Leading 2-0 at the time, Pineda then fanned Brad Miller.

''He had full command of all of his pitches today,'' Longoria said. ''I had just guessed slider on that pitch, and he made a mistake.''

Tampa Bay's Logan Morrison homered with one out in the eighth, a ball that hit off the top of the wall in right-center and deflected off a fan before bouncing back onto the field. A video review was needed to determine it was a home run.

''He was doing a good job of mixing his slider in and putting it in a good spot where it was just the bottom of the zone or diving down below,'' Morrison said. ''His fastball was down more, so it was kind of tougher to pick up which was what.''

Tyler Clippard and Chasen Shreve combined for perfect relief. The Yankees won their home opener for the 16th time in 20 years.

New York 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. Headley, batting .375, led off the seventh with his second home run, and Matt Holliday chased Cobb with a run-scoring double in the eighth.

Strangely, a one-sided win felt like a letdown.

''I was disappointed when Longo hit that double,'' Brett Gardner said, ''but still just an awesome outing by big Mike.''

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It was sunny and 76 degrees at game time, more than double the 36 for last year's Yankee Stadium opener.

HIGH-RENT DISTRICT

Gardner moved to the locker next to the entrance by showers, formerly occupied by Carlos Beltran and before that Jorge Posada. Matt Holliday took over Alex Rodriguez's stall to Gardner's left, and Romine moved into Gardner's old space toward the center of the room.

''Decent real estate,'' Gardner said.

On the third base side, a new carpet in a lighter gray was installed in the visitors' clubhouse.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees C Gary Sanchez, who went on the DL after straining his right biceps Saturday, is expected to be out four weeks with a strained brachialis muscle. ... C Kyle Higashioka made his big league debut in the ninth. ... New York 1B Greg Bird missed his third straight game, a layoff originally caused by a sore ankle but now by a stomach illness.

UP NEXT

After an off day, 24-year-old LHP Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut for New York on Wednesday after winning the No. 5 starter's job. LHP Blake Snell (0-1) will pitch for the Rays.

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  • W: M. Pineda (1-1)L: A. Cobb (1-1)
  • HR: TB - L. Morrison (2), NYY - C. Headley (2), S. Castro (1), A. Judge (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Dickerson DH40000010.310.355.586.941-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF30000000.267.371.367.7380.0
a- P. Bourjos PH10000010.000.286.000.286-0.5
E. Longoria 3B30100020.241.343.483.8261.0
B. Miller 2B30000021.172.314.207.521-1.0
S. Souza RF30000010.370.485.5931.077-0.5
L. Morrison 1B31111010.333.333.556.8895.5
D. Norris C30000010.190.217.190.408-0.5
M. Smith LF30000010.211.318.263.581-0.5
T. Beckham SS30000020.125.160.167.327-1.0
  • a-struck out for Kiermaier in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF52100012.267.353.333.6866.5
J. Ellsbury CF40110002.348.375.565.9403.0
M. Holliday DH41210011.364.533.5911.1244.5
C. Carter C41110013.154.250.308.5584.5
K. Higashioka C0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Castro 2B41121012.310.310.414.7246.5
C. Headley 3B32211110.375.483.6671.1498.5
A. Judge RF41211011.261.320.565.8856.5
A. Romine 1B40000003.111.250.111.3610.0
R. Torreyes SS40010012.250.250.458.7080.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Longoria
    • HR - L. Morrison (2)
    • RBI - L. Morrison (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ellsbury (2), M. Holliday (2)
    • 3B - C. Carter
    • HR - S. Castro, C. Headley (2), A. Judge (2)
    • RBI - J. Ellsbury (2), M. Holliday (5), C. Carter (2), S. Castro 2 (4), C. Headley (3), A. Judge (4), R. Torreyes (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Gardner 2 (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - T. Beckham, L. Morrison, B. Miller
    • E - B. Miller, A. Pruitt
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb (L, 1-1)7.16541723.460.958.5
    A. Pruitt0.243200119.296.00-6.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb (L, 1-1)7.1
    A. Pruitt0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pineda (W, 1-1)7.221101113.970.2633.5
    T. Clippard (H, 1)0.10000002.700.000.0
    C. Shreve1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Pineda (W, 1-1)7.2
    T. Clippard (H, 1)0.1
    C. Shreve1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Cobb
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 102-67, A. Pruitt 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 9-7, A. Pruitt 2-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, A. Pruitt 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 93-67, T. Clippard 1-1, C. Shreve 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 7-5, T. Clippard 1-0, C. Shreve 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 25, T. Clippard, C. Shreve 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Dickerson DH40000010.310.355.586.941-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF30000000.267.371.367.7380.0
    a- P. Bourjos PH10000010.000.286.000.286-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B30100020.241.343.483.8261.0
    B. Miller 2B30000021.172.314.207.521-1.0
    S. Souza RF30000010.370.485.5931.077-0.5
    L. Morrison 1B31111010.333.333.556.8895.5
    D. Norris C30000010.190.217.190.408-0.5
    M. Smith LF30000010.211.318.263.581-0.5
    T. Beckham SS30000020.125.160.167.327-1.0
    Total2912110121-----
    • a-struck out for Kiermaier in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF52100012.267.353.333.6866.5
    J. Ellsbury CF40110002.348.375.565.9403.0
    M. Holliday DH41210011.364.533.5911.1244.5
    C. Carter C41110013.154.250.308.5584.5
    K. Higashioka C0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Castro 2B41121012.310.310.414.7246.5
    C. Headley 3B32211110.375.483.6671.1498.5
    A. Judge RF41211011.261.320.565.8856.5
    A. Romine 1B40000003.111.250.111.3610.0
    R. Torreyes SS40010012.250.250.458.7080.5
    Total36810831716-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Longoria
      • HR - L. Morrison (2)
      • RBI - L. Morrison (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ellsbury (2), M. Holliday (2)
      • 3B - C. Carter
      • HR - S. Castro, C. Headley (2), A. Judge (2)
      • RBI - J. Ellsbury (2), M. Holliday (5), C. Carter (2), S. Castro 2 (4), C. Headley (3), A. Judge (4), R. Torreyes (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Beckham, L. Morrison, B. Miller
      • E - B. Miller, A. Pruitt
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 1-1)7.16541723.460.958.5
      A. Pruitt0.243200119.296.00-6.0
      Total8.01086173---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 1-1)7.1
      A. Pruitt0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (W, 1-1)7.221101113.970.2633.5
      T. Clippard (H, 1)0.10000002.700.000.0
      C. Shreve1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.02110121---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (W, 1-1)7.2
      T. Clippard (H, 1)0.1
      C. Shreve1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Cobb
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 102-67, A. Pruitt 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 9-7, A. Pruitt 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, A. Pruitt 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 93-67, T. Clippard 1-1, C. Shreve 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 7-5, T. Clippard 1-0, C. Shreve 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 25, T. Clippard, C. Shreve 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to third, Headley scored, Judge out at third, Romine to second18
        Castro homered to right, Carter scored17
        Carter tripled to left center, Holliday scored15
        Holliday doubled to center, Gardner scored14
        Morrison homered to right13
      • 7TH INNING
        Headley homered to right03
      • 4TH INNING
        Judge homered to left center02
      • 3RD INNING
        Ellsbury doubled to deep right center, Gardner scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chasen Shreve relieved Tyler Clippard
        • Kyle Higashioka catching
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham flied out to center
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to third
        • Peter Bourjos hit for Kevin Kiermaier
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison homered to right
        • D. Norris: Norris grounded out to third
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Michael Pineda
        • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Gardner safe at first on shortstop Miller fielding error
        • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury lined out to right
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Gardner stole third, Strike looking, Holliday doubled to center, Gardner scored
        • Austin Pruitt relieved Alex Cobb
        • C. Carter: Strike looking, Ball, Carter tripled to left center, Holliday scored
        • S. Castro: Castro homered to right, Carter scored
        • C. Headley: Ball, Headley singled to right
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge reached on an infield single, Headley to second
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine safe at first on Pruitt fielding error, Headley to third, Judge to second
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to third, Headley scored, Judge out at third, Romine to second
        • B. Gardner: Gardner flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
        • E. Longoria: Longoria doubled to left
        • B. Miller: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Headley homered to right
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to first
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Holliday grounded out to third
        • C. Carter: Carter flied out to deep center
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Castro lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Miller struck out on foul tip
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Souza grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Torreyes lined out to left
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Strike looking, Ellsbury grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge homered to left center
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Norris grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner struck out, reached on passed ball
        • J. Ellsbury: Pickoff attempt, Ellsbury doubled to deep right center, Gardner scored
        • M. Holliday: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Holliday struck out on foul tip
        • C. Carter: Foul, Carter flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller grounded out to second
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Headley walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Romine grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Headley out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to left
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to center
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Austin Romine at first
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner singled to right center
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury flied out to deep center
        • M. Holliday: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Holliday singled to right center, Gardner to third
        • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Castro grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)