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

Archer, Rays eye bounce-back year, begin against Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays opened the 2017 season Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees with a bang - or rather several bangs, smacking two home runs and 13 hits en route to a 7-3 win over the Yankees in front of a sold-out home crowd.

A first-time All-Star in 2015 who lost an AL-leading 19 times last season, Archer limited NY to two runs and seven hits. He singled in the first inning and came home on a sacrifice fly by Longoria.

While three innings into the first game of a 162-game season is obviously far too soon to start writing the Yankees' obit, the early returns are disconcerting to Yankees. A rare terrible start by Masahiro Tanaka put the Yankees down early on Sunday, and they were never able to get back in the game.

Additionally, while no one would dare compare this pinstriped squad to any of its championship predecessors just yet, don't forget that even the vaunted 1998 Yankees started 0-3 before finishing the regular season with a franchise-record 114 wins.

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Along with giving up a career-high amount of earned runs, the only shorter start in Tanaka's career came on September 27, 2014, when he allowed five earned runs in 1.2 innings against the Boston Red Sox.

NY is 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 3-10 in Sabathia's last 13 division starts while the over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games following a loss. I knew the way I was throwing the ball and the type of contact that I was getting. Shaina Sine was not only feeling the excitement, but the warmth on this opening day. Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch from Seung-hwan Oh and Jason Heyward singled before Willson Contreras hit a drive to left for a tying homer.

"I'm a better hitter when I use the entire field", he said. While striking out 17 batters to just two walks is impressive, also keep in mind batters only hit.157/.181/.371 in 70 at-bats.

Overall, Tanaka just never really looked like himself on the mound. Chris Archer hung a first pitch slider and Judge hooked it to left field.

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Fantasy Impact Archer took a hard comebacker off the shin in the second inning and then gave up two runs. Manager Joe Girardi keeps saying they need more production from their veterans and can't just rely on youngsters Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge.

The promise of a major league-leading 24-9 record in spring training for the transitioning Bombers - and a almost spotless Grapefruit League showing, in particular, by Tanaka - meant exactly what those numbers (good or bad) always mean once the schedule flips to games that actually count.

Down 7-2 in the seventh, NY had a chance to get back in the game in the seventh when Gary Sanchez's looper down the right field line barely landed foul with the bases loaded.

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