Judge continues power surge as Yanks beat Rays

Montgomery didn't even get the opportunity to start until March 23, but he had made four relief appearances and pitched to 3.48 ERA in those outings - the last four ideal innings to finish out a no-hitter on March 17. The rookie southpaw arrived at Yankee Stadium at 9 a.m., drank a few cups of coffee, ate breakfast, and thought about "how awesome" his afternoon was going to be, making his major league debut against the Rays.

Weeks exited the game with neck and right shoulder soreness during a violent collision at first base with Gardner.

"He just kind of pitched himself into it", Girardi told the Associated Press after NY beat the Rays 8-1 in its home opener.

The Yankees announced on Monday that the 24-year-old Montgomery, a standout performer for Sumter High School, the American Legion Sumter P-15's and the University of SC, had won the role as the team's fifth starter.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA last year, the 68th-highest ERA among 74 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues.

Aaron Hicks drove in two runs without a hit and Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single. Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-9 with two walks against Snell, who went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Yankees previous year.

To clear a 40-man roster spot for Montgomery, the Yankees designated RHP Johnny Barbato for assignment.

"Two Mack Trucks collided", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Jordan Montgomery threw a solid 4 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs only 2 earned including a Home Run, he walked 2 and struck out 7.

"I said your job is to score 100 runs", Girardi remembered telling Gardner.

"That's something I learned at SC", said Montgomery, who thew 89 pitches, 61 for strikes.

The Yankees will likely be shorthanded in their bid for a fourth straight win.

Montgomery allowed three hits on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings. He handled the Yankees smoothly until the fifth, when he walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded and Jumbo Diaz (0-1) threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

Rickie Weeks Jr. hit a two-run home run off Yankees' starter Jordan Montgomery.

"We've got to play a cleaner game for sure to win", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

RHP Luis Severino (0-0) is slated to start Thursday's series finale for the Yankees and RHP Matt Andriese (0-0) for the Rays.

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