Archer outpitches Tanaka, Rays top Yankees 7-3 in Major League Baseball opener

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Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays has gotten the first hit of the new Major League Baseball season and also scored the first run.

The Rays would extend the lead back to three runs in the second, as Kiermaier reached on a two-out walk and Longoria hit a home run that barely cleared the low wall in the left-field corner for the first home run of 2017. Bumgarner's excellent performance retiring the first 16 batters, striking out 11 and being the first pitcher to hit two home runs were all for nothing since his team lost. The Rays' Chris Archer threw a fastball for a ball to the Yankees' Brett Gardner.

The New York Yankees came into the regular season riding some momentum and with optimism.

Yadier Molina then was awarded the first no-pitch intentional walk in major league history, part of baseball's offseason rule changes created to speed up the game.

It's more than just his three fantastic seasons with the Yankees that makes this so surprising, though.

Masahiro Tanaka had one of the ugliest starts you would ever see, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka wasn't totally satisfied with a spring training that was sensational numbers wise. "I'm not saying I was trying to hit ground balls today, but the way they were pitching me, I changed my approach a little bit and was trying to hit the ball over there and find a couple of holes. I can't take it back", Tanaka said through a translator. Third baseman Evan Longoria is coming off one of the best years of his career (36 homers, 98 RBIs) and Brad Miller moves to second in place of traded Logan Forsythe after belting a career-high 30 home runs for the Rays.

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Yes, even on Opening Day.

The next two batters would get on base as well. Longoria connected for a two-run drive in the second.

At Busch Stadium in Missouri, Koji Uehara, who joined World Series champion the Chicago Cubs in the offseason, yielded one walk and one hit but did not allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score during one inning of relief. After getting a strikeout to start the third inning, Tanak surrendered another home run, this time by Morrison.

Overall, Tanaka just never really looked like himself on the mound.

The switch hitter had three singles while batting lefthanded Sunday in the Yankees' 7-3 loss to the Rays on Opening Day. Chris Archer hung a first pitch slider and Judge hooked it to left field.

The catcher almost came through, but his bloop down the right-field line fell just foul.

"It was good to get back out there", Bird said of his first game since undergoing surgery before spring training a year ago. Sanchez had an opportunity in the top of the 7 inning to get the bombers back in the game as he came up with the bases loaded.

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