Gregorius’ 2 HRs, 8 RBIs lead Yanks over Rays in home opener

New York’s Jordan Montgomery allowed one run and two hits in five innings. Archer, pitching in short sleeves and using a turquoise-colored glove, struck out eight in five innings while giving up four runs and six hits.

This was Yankee Stadium’s first game since the installation of expanded netting that extends five sections past the dugout down each foul line, a move made after several fans were hurt by foul balls last year.

For the Rams, Cooks is their Watkins replacement. Cooks won’t be the same sort of red-zone threat the 6-foot-1 Watkins was in Los Angeles, but Cooks is a similarly imposing downfield threat and offers a far higher floor by virtue of his health. While the 24-year-old did leave the Super Bowl after suffering a concussion, Cooks hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year. Watkins hasn’t played a full 16-game slate since his own rookie season and has multiple foot surgeries in his past. Committing to Cooks on a long-term deal is far more comforting than locking Watkins down for multiple seasons.

He’d taken some pretty good swings and hadn’t got (any) hits until he sent out the famous tweet, manager A.J. Hinch said. He’s going to get a hit. He’s going to get a hit. He’s going to get a hit, so that’s what I kept saying on the bench and he came through with a really big swing in a big moment.

The 31-year-old Reddick, who singled in the seventh inning of Monday night’s 6-1 win for his first hit of the year, tied a career high with six RBI. It was his first multihomer game since 2014 and No. 7 overall.

He laughed when the tweet was brought up and smiled about how his fortunes had changed at the plate in such a short time.

I guess when I go 0 for 8 again I’ll do a tweet again, he said.

Reddick and the Astros got their sparkling World Series rings in a pregame ceremony with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in town for the occasion, and then slugged their way to their fourth straight win in a 5-1 start.
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