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. Pineda regrouped quickly after Longoria's hit by striking out Brad Miller following a brief visit by pitching coach Larry Rothchild.
In a span of four pitches, Matt Holliday had a run-scoring double, Chris Carter had an RBI triple and Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer, with Rays leftfielder Mallex Smith slamming into the bullpen wall on the triple and rightfielder Steven Souza jr. slamming into the rightfield wall on the homer.
Pineda's near-perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, who saw no hits until the seventh inning, was the subject of an ill-fated tweet by the television chef.
The Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1, backed by a strong outing by pitcher by Michael Pineda.
So, on Wednesday, Montgomery will be the second Yankee to make his major-league debut in as many games; catcher Kyle Higashioka did so in the ninth inning of Monday's win, and when he found out following the game that the lefty he caught at both Double-A and Triple-A a year ago was coming to join him in the Bronx, Higgy was ecstatic.
NY improved to 3-4 with its 8-1 win.
The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.
"It's satisfying because he did pitch well", Girardi said.
The 24-year-old pitched in Double-A and Triple-A last season and combined to go 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA. The fastball hit all cylinders, the slider had momentum and the changeup was effective against the left hand hitters. On Sept. 11, 2014, Cobb took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before the Yankees won, 5-4. NY wasn't expected to use a fifth starter until April 16, but Montgomery will be handed the ball earlier than expected because Joe Girardi wants to give Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia an extra day of rest.
If there is going to be any discussion of no-hitters or ideal games, it will derive from a pitching matchup of Jordan Montgomery for the Yankees and Blake Snell for the Rays.
Jordan Montgomery wasn't initially on the Yankees radar when the team was choosing the winners of the fourth and fifth starter competition. Justin Wilson (1-0) struck out one and walked one in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save in three chances.
"It's good for us to have a game like this before going home and playing in front of our fans", manager Joe Girardi said.