Masahiro Tanaka had an ERA of 0.38 in Spring Training.
But spring training doesn’t count.
He didn’t carry it over for Opening Day, and was knocked out in the third inning after giving up seven runs as the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay, 7-3.
It is the sixth year in a row that the Yankees lost on Opening Day.
The Yanks got screwed on a bad call in the top of the first, and the umps didn’t even get it right on replay, and that was an omen of how things would go the rest of the game.
Tanaka gave up three in the bottom of the first, and the Yanks came back with two in the second on an RBI double by Aaron Judge and an RBI groundout by Ron Torreyes.
But Tanaka gave up a two-run HR to Evan Longoria in the second to make it 5-2 Rays, and it was essentially over at that point.
A HR by Logan Morrison and an error by Gary Sanchez led to two more runs in the third for the Rays and it was 7-2.
The Yanks had a couple of chances to get back in the game, but couldn’t take advantage of it. They did get a SF from Chris Carter in the ninth.
The Yanks are off Monday and resume the season on Tuesday night.
Of the Yanks’ nine hits, Stalin Castro and Chase Headley had three each.
Tanaka (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 23.63
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 0.00