Yankees' Aaron Judge hits 432-foot home run

Banged-up Yankees limp home after 2-4 start on road

NY pitcher Michael Pineda retired the first 20 hitters he faced and struck out 11 Monday as the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1.

Jordan Montgomery threw a solid 4 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs only 2 earned including a Home Run, he walked 2 and struck out 7.

Except Cedeno first turned to throw to second, which didn't work since the infielders were in.

Las Vegas odds makers have the New York Yankees listed as the favorite in today's home opener at -140, with the over/under run total set at 8.5.

Gardner was diagnosed with a bruised jaw and a strained beck, and Weeks with neck and right shoulder soreness. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight game, a long drive to center, and had three RBIs.

Errors by shortstop Tim Beckham and Cedeno led to four unearned runs.

The Yankees announced on Monday that the 24-year-old Montgomery, a standout performer for Sumter High School, the American Legion Sumter P-15's and the University of SC, had won the role as the team's fifth starter. Dexter Fowler and Jhonny Peralta are the only Cardinals with an at-bat against Pineda in their careers and each have an extra-base hit off of the right-hander. Chase Headley scored on the play. Gardner crawled to touch first before rolling onto his back, and Weeks remained prone on his chest. The Yankees made a decision to move Luis Severino back a day to give Montgomery the start after the 24-year-old pitched five innings of one-run, three-hit ball with Class A Tampa as a tune-up.

The Dominican retired his first 20 batters, struck out 11 and walked none.

The last time the Yankees began a season with five losses in their first six games occurred during the 74-win 1989 season, and NY was on the verge of matching that start Sunday in Baltimore.

Tigers 2, Red Sox 1: Justin Verlander and Chris Sale dominated in a matchup of ace pitchers before Nicholas Castellanos singled in the go-ahead run off Sale in the eighth inning, lifting Detroit over Boston.

By the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, a sellout crowd was riding on every Michael Pineda pitch.

Even the Tampa Bay Rays official Twitter account joined in the fun and fired off a cheeky tweet in response to Martha's.

Ellsbury stole his first base of the season.

That was very almost a magical home opener.

"Being in your own bed, it's going to be nice", manager Joe Girardi said.

GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Giants catcher Buster Posey was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game, a frightening moment in San Francisco's victory in its home opener.

"No, I don't think so", Cash said on whether or not a more experienced first baseman would have avoided the impact.

To clear a 40-man roster spot for Montgomery, the Yankees designated RHP Johnny Barbato for assignment.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird missed his fourth straight game. He's 6-foot-6. He's left-handed.

Luis Severino had been scheduled to start Wednesday but will now start Thursday's series finale.

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