Michael Pineda was healthy for the first time as a Yankee in 2014 before a suspension and subsequent injury took a large chunk out of his promising year. The big right-hander was a force in the rotation when he was healthy, pitching to a 1.59 ERA at Yankee Stadium last year. Pineda has recovered as well as anyone could have hoped from labrum surgery immediately after his trade to New York, but he hasn't managed to shake the injury concerns. Can he stay healthy and be the frontline starter the team needs him to be in 2015?
Opposing Pineda on the mound is R.A. Dickey, who could run into issues throwing his knuckleball in the cool New York night. The Blue Jays had Dickey pitch second in their rotation so that he could avoid following his start in New York with another start in chilly Baltimore next time through. Toronto jumped out to a series lead on Opening Day, thanks to the struggles of both Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankee offense. They'll try to take the series with a win tonight.
Dickey is undefeated in his last four starts against New York. April has traditionally been more unkind to the knuckleballer than any other month, however, possibly because of the colder conditions around the league at the start of the year. Pineda hasn't done so well against the Blue Jays, posting a 4.11 ERA against them in five starts. He'll be charged with keeping the Yankees out of a 0-2 start to the year tonight at 7:05 pm.
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