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Longoria breaks up Pineda's perfect-game bid in 7th

Longoria breaks up Pineda's perfect-game bid in 7th

Well, nearly flawless for Pineda.

Evan Longoria broke up Pineda's ideal game bid with a clean double to left field in the seventh and Logan Morrison hit a solo home run off Pineda in the eighth. You can say Pineda has the skeptics, and his reputation for losing focus on the mound does give him that bad rap, but Monday afternoon on a day ideal for baseball, Michael Pineda got the skeptics going in another direction. "He was very smooth". Pineda's last win was August 5 against the Cleveland Indians and since then he is 0-4 with a 4.33 ERA.

Anyway, here's what manager Joe Girardi liked about the 6-foot-6 lefty with the intriguing downhill angle to his delivery: "It was (his) four-pitch mix (curveball, cutter, change-up fastball)". Those are the only two that he was executing. I think it's just going to take time. "It was the one that he had left up".

His first really hard out came when Kevin Kiermaier flied out to left field for the second out of the center, when Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner sprinted toward the line to grab the ball.

Agitated Yankee fans have berated Martha Stewart on Twitter after believing she "jinxed" pitcher Michael Pineda into missing out on a no-hitter on Monday afternoon.

The Yankees Michael Pineda had a flawless game going in the 7th, and Martha thought that was pretty cool, so she shared the state of affairs on Twitter.

"I thought he had a shot, " the manager said. His stuff is really good.

Still, the Yankees looked forward to getting home, where they play 15 of their next 21 games.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Khris Davis hit a two-run homer, Jharel Cotton shut down Kansas City's anemic offense and the Oakland Athletics held on to spoil the Royals' home opener with a 2-0 victory Monday. "His changeup's good. And when he locates his fastball, it's really good".

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 over Arizona in its home opener. He could throw it for a strike. "He could throw it for a strike, bury it, put it on the corner". "He was good today". Verlander gave up an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings.

Pineda recovered by retiring by Derek Norris on a groundout and then exited to a loud standing ovation from the crowd.

Aaron Judge, Chase Headley and Starlin Castro homered for the Yankees, who broke open the game with a five-run eighth inning.

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. On Thursday, he struck out eight and allowed a run in five innings while throwing 46 pitches for Class-A Tampa against Lakeland. Sanchez will be out for at least four weeks. Pineda has not fared well against the Rays in his career as he is just 2-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 13 career starts against Tampa Bay. The last instance was April 10, 2010 in Tampa Bay.

Flu-like symptoms and a sore right ankle have kept Bird on the pine since last Friday.

That being said, Girardi and others in the Yankee organization continue to hope that days like this will help all of the moving parts fall into place.

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