Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

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Pineda now has a 3.97 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 17 strikeouts, and a 1-1 record after 11 1/3 innings pitched in 2017.

Pineda had a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium on full alert as he powered through the Rays hitters, making effective use of off-speed pitches in an electrifying performance. The crowd began anticipating a flawless game when he ended the fifth by striking out Logan Morrison. Judge hit an arching 397-foot home run an inning later to left-center - MLB's Statcast said it had an apogee of 147 feet.

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.

About three minutes after Stewart's observation, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria laced a double to end Pineda's bid for perfection. Longoria came into the at-bat 6-for-37 lifetime against Pineda and when he reached second base, he tipped his cap toward the right-hander. And through six innings, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was pitching a flawless game.

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Aaron Judge and Chase Headley hit solo shots off Alex Cobb (1-1), while Starlin Castro slugged a two-run home run in a five-run eighth for the Yankees.

The Yankees lead 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning.

NOTES: Yankees C Gary Sanchez (strained right biceps), was slated for an MRI exam on Monday. "I feel good, though", Pineda said.

Elsewhere, there were big wins for the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, who ran out 7-1 winners against the Pittsburgh Pirates and 14-6 victors over the St Louis Cardinals respectively.