ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gary Sanchez’s first-ever Opening Day was tough.
The 24-year-old catcher went 0-for-5 with a strikeout and done a throwing blunder in the Yankees’ 7-3 detriment to the Rays.
Sanchez, coming off a conspicuous 20-homer rookie season, was the victim of some bad fitness in his first at-bat when he hit a tough comebacker that deflected off Chris Archer, who was means to chuck Sanchez out. Later in the game, Sanchez grounded out to brief with the bases loaded in the seventh after narrowly blank a bloop hit that went foul, and fanned with runners at first and second in the ninth.
“I was trying to bring the runners in, but we couldn’t,” Sanchez pronounced by a translator. “But we consider now you’ve got to demeanour brazen to Tuesday and be prepared for another conditions like that.”
Sanchez, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday – the team’s potentially energetic 2-3-4 contingent in the lineup – went a total 0-for-13 with a walk.
“He’s not going to be perfect,” Joe Girardi pronounced of Sanchez. “The one thing that we have to guard is the expectations for him, and we consider the expectations can be really high. My opinion doesn’t change after one bad day.”
And it shouldn’t.
Bird was personification in his first diversion given blank all of last deteriorate due to a shoulder injury, while Holliday was personification in his first diversion as a Yankee after signing a one-year, $13 million understanding with the group in the offseason.
“It wasn’t ideal,” Holliday said.
SAFE BUT OUT
Matt Holliday seemed to strech safely on an infield hit in the first inning as it seemed his foot hit the bottom before the round went in Rays first baseman Logan Morrison’s glove.
But Holliday was called out on the field, and that statute was inspected following a replay review. “I don’t know, we suspicion it was flattering decisive (I was safe),” Holliday said.
Due to a technical issue with the Yankees’ replay system, both clubs had total organisation arch hurdles after the managers done their own initial challenge.
“We didn’t have a feed,” Joe Girardi said. “It was blurry. They fundamentally pronounced that there was an total volume of replays we could go to.”
BEATING THE SHIFT
Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against the change – including a bunt hit.
“I’m not observant we was trying to hit belligerent balls by there today, but the way they were pitching me, we changed my proceed a little bit and was trying hit the round over there and find a couple of holes,” Headley said. “The last one was just a mistake, but the time before it, we suspicion we took a tough representation and hit it the other way like we wanted to.”
Headley hit .319 against the change as a maladroit batter, according to the glorious investigate of Katie Sharp, now with SI’s MMQB.
The Yankees placed Tyler Austin on the 60-day infirm list with a fractured ankle to make room for Pete Kozma on the 40-man roster. Austin can't return until Jun 1 as a result. They placed Didi Gregorius on the 10-day DL (retroactive to Mar 30) with a right shoulder strain. Gregorius is approaching back someday in May