Yankees Recap: Yanks Drop Seventh Straight Opening Day


Following Monday afternoons rain-out, the New York Yankees finally opened up the 2016 season on Tuesday against Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros. 

At first pitch, temperatures dropped to a frigid 36 degrees – a Yankees Stadium record for the coldest regular season game since April 8th, 2003 against the Minnesota Twins, but tempers flared in the eighth inning after Carlos Correa reached first base on a throwing error made by Dellin Betances after Correa seemingly interfered with Mark Teixeira as he ran down the line.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, this play resulted in the difference of the game as the Astros would go on to win 5-3, but even so, Joe Girardi would go on to protest the game.

The good news for the Yankees is that Masahiro Tanaka looked extremely healthy. He pitched 5.2 innings, scattering four hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk in his second consecutive opening day start for the Yankees.

Stalin Castro and Didi Gregorius were the lone-bright spots for the New York Yankees on the offensive side of the ball. Castro went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI-double in first Yankees at-bat while Didi Gregorius went 1-3 with a solo home run in the eighth inning off Ken Giles.

Tomorrow the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the hill to face-off against Colin McHugh – a 19-game winner in 2015. Michael Pineda went 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA against Houston last season.

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First pitched is scheduled for 4:05 pm.