Pineda flirted with a flawless game and didn't allow his first baserunner until Evan Longoria doubled with two outs in the seventh.
Pineda's bid for a ideal game ended one batter later, when Evan Longoria lined Pineda's 75th pitch of the night - a first-pitch slider - into left field for a clean double.
About three minutes after Stewart's observation, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria laced a double to end Pineda's bid for perfection. Pineda regrouped quickly after Longoria's hit by striking out Brad Miller following a brief visit by pitching coach Larry Rothchild.
Snell (0-1) threw 6 2/3 innings in last Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays, giving up five runs (four earned) on three hits to go with five walks and five strikeouts.
Rose takes Masters heartache on the chin after epic duel
No one had ever played as many majors as Garcia before winning his first one, so those tears were equal parts joy and relief. Rose birdied to match Garcia, then birdied the par-3 16th only to bogey and remain deadlocked to set up the closing drama.
NY opened a spot on its 25-man active roster by optioning Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the left-hander pitched the final inning Monday.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1 Giants catcher Buster Posey was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game, a frightening moment in host San Francisco's victory against Arizona in its home opener.
The good news for the Rays on Monday was that they saved themselves from being the victims of a fourth flawless game in nine seasons. "He has four-pitch mix". He owned a career postseason record of 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in five postseason starts, surrendering just four runs on 20 hits in 38.2 innings.
Pineda was so good that by the seventh inning, with a reasonable pitch count, Girardi was playing out scenarios in his head.
"He's doing good. He's doing fine", manager Bruce Bochy said. That spring, the Yankees had discovered that Pineda had a torn labrum in his shoulder, an injury that would prevent him from pitching at all until June 2013 and keep him out of the majors until the start of the 2014 season.