Rays' Longoria hits 1st home run of new major league season

Posted April 04, 2017

Getting a little exhausted of seeing 0-1 every year, you guys.

Tanaka has been one of the most consistent starters over the past three seasons, compiling a career 3.12 ERA over 75 starts and finishing seventh in CY Young voting a season ago.

Gary Sanchez - "The Kraken" got off to a slow start to begin the season, taking an 0-5 in Sunday's loss.

Jeff Mathis broke up Bumgarner's perfect-game bid with a one-out triple into the left-field corner in the sixth. Dickerson then scored on an Evan Longoria sacrifice fly, and things snowballed from there for Tanaka and the Yanks. Yankees newcomer Matt Holliday was called out at first base on a grounder in the first inning and the call stood up. The Rays posted the highest K-Rate (24.5%) while scoring the second-fewest runs (672) in the A.L. previous year and didn't do much to upgrade their lineup.

"We spent a lot of time a year ago talking about getting to a point where he keeps the ball", Cash said. Blah. A full-sized shortstop might have been able to knock that down and limit it to a one-run single, but alas.

"That was a tough at-bat", Sanchez said through a translator. But opening day was a ton of fun for Grichuk & Co.

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The Yankees would get two of those runs back in the second inning. Did you know the Rays originally cut out the top of that wall so Carl Crawford could rob home runs years ago? Only Steven Souza was hitless of the Rays' batters, and he had a walked. Miller hit 20 of his bombs with a 27.4% HR/FB ratio against RHP at home last season and Tanaka struggled with a 1.10 HR/9 ratio against LHB on the road. Morrison, who didn't drive in a run until May 17 last season, added a solo drive in the third. Mallex Smith laid down a bunt, Sanchez rushed the throw because Smith is insane fast, and the throw sailed way wide of first base. He gave up three runs on six hits and became the first Giants pitcher to go deep twice in one game since Jim Gott in 1985.

Tampa Bay beat up Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka for eight hits and seven runs, all earned, in just 2 2/3 innings.

The good vibes of the spring were in part due to Tanaka, who didn't allow a run until his final start.

In the past, Tanaka has looked even better than normal against the Rays. NY would go on to lose 7-3. Shake it off and go get 'em in five days, Masahiro.

It's more than just his three fantastic seasons with the Yankees that makes this so surprising, though. He scored a run, drove in another and stole two bases. He didn't let it snowball, he just kept it right there. Following the Judge double, Archer retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced on 53 total pitches. "Ya-di!" before he grounded a single back up the middle. Pretty much a ideal bunt, it was. "He's usually very good at having a couple pitches to go to when something else isn't working, but because command-wise overall he was off, he really had nowhere to go".

With two outs and the bases loaded, Grichuk lined a 1-1 pitch into the gap in left-center for his second career game-ending hit.

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