There were no warm and fuzzy feelings in the Yankees’ Opening Day loss to the Astros. At the start of the game it was 30 degrees and by the time things ended in the 5-3 New York loss, manager Joe Girardi was peeved.
In the eighth inning, Houston’s Carlos Correa appeared to have run on the fair side of the foul line after hitting a dribbler to Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances. Betances threw the ball over Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Houston’s Jose Altuve broke a 2-2 tie as a result. Girardi pleaded his case with umpires that Correa should have been ruled out but to no avail.
Masahiro Tanaka worked 5.2 innings for the Yanks, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out four.
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New second baseman Starlin Castro was the star offensively for the Yanks as he had a two-run double off of Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) in the second. Didi Gregorius homered in the eighth but it was too little, too late for the Bombers.
The Yanks will look to bounce back Wednesday night when they send Michael Pineda (12-10, 4.37 ERA in 2015) to the mound to face Houston’s Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA in 2015).
Two fans dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were visible to a national audience at Yankee Stadium Tuesday as they sat right behind home plate. The stunt was a bit of a protest over the Yankees’ “elitist” ticket policies in the highly expensive “Legends” seats. The fans got the tickets for 25 cents from HBO’s John Oliver, who recently said the Yankees “will continue to find ways to look like the biggest elitist a**h**** in all of sports.”