"It was good to get back out there", Bird said of his first game since undergoing surgery before spring training previous year.
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with first base coach Jose Alguacil, right, during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017.
So it's safe to say the Yankees' ace might want a redo of his first regular season start.
Fans have been flocking to establishments such as Ferg's in downtown St. Petersburg all morning in preparation for the Rays home opener.
Joe Girardi mercifully pulled Tanaka after 2.2 innings and an early 7-2 deficit to the Rays. After getting a strikeout to start the third inning, Tanak surrendered another home run, this time by Morrison.
With baseball searching for ways to speed up the action, the Yankees and Rays didn't add much pace to any pace-of-play approach.
Tanaka lasted only 2 2/3 innings - his shortest outing since his rookie Major League Baseball season in 2014. He also struck out 54 batters compared to just four walks, while the Rays only hit.204/.222/.413 against him.
The Opening Day losing streak has hit six years. Tanaka took the loss, giving up 7 earned runs on 8 hits in just 2.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts to fall to 0-1 on the year with a 23.63 ERA. Longoria connected for a two-run drive in the second. (I kid. I kid.) Tanaka was able to escape the inning without allowing any more runs, but the damage had already been done.
When looking at the Tampa Bay Rays goals for the 2017 season, the team will need to get some major contributions from a few players on the roster.
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The Yankees are in the middle of a rebuilding campaign but they plan to remain competitive in the talented American League East.
Three singles loaded the bases with two outs and Archer faced Sanchez having thrown 102 pitches.
"You get concerned about everybody no matter what, but he's really good at self-correcting and straightening things out and I think he'll get back on it pretty quickly".
Tanaka made his third consecutive opening day start for the Yankees, and had been 6-0 with a 2.82 ERA in eight career starts against Tampa Bay.
It was a rare rocky start for him considering he allowed just four runs combined during the first innings of his last 31 starts. Aaron Judge ripped a RBI double that scored Starlin Castro.
Cubs: LHP Brian Duensing was placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back spasms.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia, 3-7 in 14 starts at Tropicana Field since joining NY in 2009, is Tuesday night's scheduled starter.
If New York didn't have their worst start since 1992 a year ago, we're looking at a completely different season as the start proved way too much to overcome.