dglobalnews.com Biggest takeaways from Yankees' Opening Day loss to Rays
Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Biggest takeaways from Yankees' Opening Day loss to Rays

Now, he looks to set the tone for a bounce-back year when the Rays begin anew Sunday at home against the New York Yankees in the first game of the major league season. Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb, right, tags out San Francisco Giants' Eduardo Nunez, left, trying to steal third base as umpire D.J. Reyburn (70) watches during the sixth inning of an opening day baseball game Sunday, Apri.

As Joe Girardi often utters as a default response, this definitely was not what you want. If Game 1 is an indication, there will be no Game 163.

"I definitely had people on base there those last two at-bats", said Sanchez, who went 0-for-5.

Down 7-2 in the seventh, NY had a chance to get back in the game in the seventh when Gary Sanchez's looper down the right field line barely landed foul with the bases loaded. Greg Bird was hitless in four at-bats.

Headley and Starlin Castro each went 3-for-4, but the Yankees produced only three other hits.

"Obviously, you just have to accept it". Venezuela topped its previous high of 66 in 2012 and Cuba matched its most, set past year. The last game he pitched before the diagnosis, he surrendered 5 runs on 10 hits, including 2 home runs, against Cleveland in a 5-3 loss.

Since coming over from Japan and signing with the Yankees, Tanaka has been worth 11.7 WAR. The most important factor will be the young players emerging as the stars they have been proclaimed to be over the past year. He gave up two hits and struck out two. Tanaka had won all three of his previous career starts at Tropicana Field, limiting the Rays to four earned runs in 20 innings for a 1.80 ERA.

Martinez departed with runners on first and second and the Cardinals clinging to a 1-0 lead.

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"Looking back, just because it was the first game of the season, maybe I was a bit hyped up", Tanaka allowed through his translator.

It got worse after the first. A single by Corey Dickerson, a hustle double by Kevin Kiermaier, and a sac fly by Evan Longoria created the first run. In the third, Logan Morrison hit a solo shot.

"I'm ready", the Japanese pitcher told reporters in English during New York's workout in the Rays ballpark on Saturday.

"He was out of whack", pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.

The knock on Ellsbury at this point in his career is his durability, but he should come out with plenty of energy on Opening Day and he still has plus wheels to account for some upside at this modest price tag.

Tanaka was slightly better than Roger Clemens in 2002 and Mel Stottlemyre in 1974. He also gave up a career-high 25 home runs. Those are the right type of starters to be paired up to in Yankees history, but for the wrong reason.

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays kicked things off this morning and the Rays made quick work of America's team, defeating the Yankees, 7-3.

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