Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

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Archer pitched seven solid innings, and the Rays roughed up Tanaka on the way to beating NY 7-3 in the first game of the Major League Baseball season Sunday.

Tanaka boasts a 3.12 ERA in his career and was 4-0 last season to improve to 6-0 overall versus the Rays, who counter with right-hander Chris Archer - 0-3 in 2016 against NY despite holding hitters to a.190 batting average.

Masahiro Tanaka will start the season opener for NY, facing Chris Archer for the Rays.

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Fade: Chris Archer struggled throughout last season and he draws a tough matchup on Opening Day against a lefty-heavy Yankees lineup. "Opening day is awesome, because it's the time for everybody to hit the reset button anything is possible with the new season", said Mussett.

The two stud sluggers nearly certainly will get their share of big hits all season and throughout their pinstriped careers, so let's please not start with the automatic Kevin Maas comparisons for both of them, OK? It seems that Yankees surrendered their game to the Rays with Tanaka unable to use his pitching skills effectively during the match.

Longoria would go on to belt a second inning, two-RBI homer to left field that bounced off the top of the wall.

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This second shortest of Tanaka's 76 career starts - he allowed seven runs, five earned, over 1 2/3 innings in Boston on September 27, 2014 - went bad right away.

It will be fascinating to watch Tanaka's 2017 campaign knowing that it could end up being his last season as a New York Yankee, especially toward the end of the season, when it comes time for decisions to be made on both ends. He did get the ground ball from Logan Morrison, but it skipped by a diving Ronald Torreyes behind second base ...

It didn't help that Masahiro Tanaka gave up a career-high seven runs, putting the Yankees in an early five-run hole, but Sanchez first had a chance to get them back in the game in the seventh. The Yankees need to see him bounce back from his opening day debacle and at least maintain his level of performance from the past three seasons.

"Looking back, just because it was the first game of the season, maybe I was a bit hyped up", Tanaka allowed through his translator. He gave up a two-run home run to Longoria in the second inning and it was a stupid homer.

Overall, Tanaka just never really looked like himself on the mound. Longoria turned Masahiro Tanaka's cutter into a laser beam down the left-field line.

Although the Yankees ultimately did not score that inning, they got the situation they will take every day of the week: Sanchez at the plate with the bases loaded. The last time they won their first game, the double-play combination was Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter, while Alex Rodriguez was at third and no one had heard of Biogenesis.

The catcher almost came through, but his bloop down the right-field line fell just foul.

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