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Montgomery earns Yanks' 5th starter job, to debut Wednesday

December 16 2017, 10:40 | Irvin Gilbert

Brett Gardner falls to the ground after colliding with Rickie Weeks Jr

Brett Gardner falls to the ground after colliding with Rickie Weeks Jr

Ceremonial first pitches were thrown by former Yankees manager Joe Torre and old NY stars Tino Martinez and Willie Randolph, part of the staff for the championship USA team at the World Baseball Classic. The two teams faced off last week for Opening Day at Tropicana Field.

The Rays have dropped their last eight series in NY and are looking to avoid getting swept at Yankee Stadium for the first time since losing four straight here in September 2009. But in his three seasons with the Yankees he's been frustrating, but today he set the bar high for his potential on the mound.

Pineda leaned on his slider and four-seamer, throwing 36 of the former and 34 of the latter. Year after year, fans have been told that he has great stuff and that he just needs to put it all together.

Glasnow (0-1), making his season debut after locking down the fifth starting spot in spring training, failed to make it out of the second inning as he battled control issues.

Then on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Pineda had a ideal game 20 batters in.

Montgomery will throw his first pitch at 1:05 PM against the 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays.

"Just a good at-bat, taking what the pitcher gave him", Headley said.

Pineda's ability to miss bats with his mid-90s fastball, slider and changeup is the reason NY has been so patient with him.

New York's Brett Gardner and Weeks both left the game after a collision at first base in the sixth inning. Michael Pineda flirted with a ideal game during the home opener, and a late-innings rally fueled a come-from-behind win yesterday. Pineda would recover quickly, as he struck out Brad Miller to end the seventh inning. Giving up a long home run didn't rattle him, neither did facing Yankees killer Evan Longoria with men on base. He was let down a bit by his fielding.

Ellsbury has never scored more than 71 runs in his first three Yankees seasons, and his only 100-run-plus season came in 2011, his only All-Star season, with the Red Sox.

The Yankees wasted no time scoring again. Chase Headly has also been solid with nine hits, seven runs and two homers in that time. They can depend on Masahiro Tanaka, if the elbow does not fall apart and what to expect from the veteran lefthander CC Sabathia is always cause for some Yankees drama.

It was sunny and 76 degrees at game time, more than double the 36 for last year's Yankee Stadium opener. The Yankees chose to move Luis Severino back a day to give Montgomery the start after the 24-year-old pitched five innings of one-run, three-hit ball with Class A Tampa as a tune-up. He added seven strikeouts as well.

Montgomery was then transferred to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he was expected to start on Tuesday, but with the news of his upcoming promotion and major league debut, Chad Green will make that start instead. It will be another afternoon game, as things will get started at 1:05 PM ET.

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