Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Longoria reached on a first-pitch hanging slider and tipped his helmet to Pineda after reaching second.

For example, last week in Tampa, during the second game of the regular season, Pineda surrendered a lead-off home run to Corey Dickerson and it set the tone for his abbreviated first start. He was 6-12 past year with a 4.82 ERA, but he led the Yankees in strikeouts. Sale (0-1) struck out 10 and gave up 2 runs and 5 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Cobb beat Pineda in Florida last week.

Michael Pineda was sharp Monday afternoon and there was no other word to describe the New York Yankees righthander on Opening Day in the Bronx It was nearly perfection and for the moment erased a question as to when he will finally step up?

2nd in American League East, Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) is up against 4th in American League East, New York Yankees (3-4) today. 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.

"When Gardy caught that ball, that's the loudest I've heard it here in a long time", said Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who had watched Pineda retire all 20 Rays to that point.

Washington Wizards trying to get organized before playoffs
The Wizards' star guard tandem of Wall and Beal, who combined to shoot only 11-of-33 from the field, each finished with 16 points. That the final two games have meaning - an uncertainty after Friday's 96-94 loss at Toronto - had Spoelstra waxing poetic.

NY opened a spot on its 25-man active roster by optioning Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the left-hander pitched the final inning Monday.

The 24-year-old Montgomery will be making his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday after opening eyes in Spring Training.

"He has a four-pitch mix, with a very good downhill angle, and he's 6-foot-6 and lefty", Girardi said. He has a fastball that tops out around 96 miles per hour, a change up, slider and curve.

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. Last season, Souza was a.303 hitter (10-for-35) with five home runs and seven RBI at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi informed the media after Monday's game that catcher Gary Sanchez will be out four weeks due to a Grade 1 strain of the muscle behind his right biceps, via MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. When it hits the seventh inning, that means it's time to stop what you're doing and see if perfection can be attained.

  • Lawrence Cooper