How Jordan Montgomery went from spring longshot to Yankees fifth starter

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The 24-year-old Seattle native allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits against the Blue Jays after going 6-8 with a 3.54 ERA in his rookie season in 2016.

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, falls to the ground after colliding with Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Rickie Weeks after Weeks reached for an errant throw by pitcher Xavier Cedeno during the sixth inning of a baseball.

Yes, the 28 -year old native of Yaguate Dominican Republic, who also had 11 strikeouts for the second time in his career, may have finally arrived for manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees.

Benintendi remained in the game, which is more than can be said for Jackie Bradley who sprained his knee after stumbling while rounding first base like Chevy Chase imitating Gerald Ford. The Rays' first hit came on the 84th pitch of his outing and off the bat of Evan Longoria in the top of the seventh inning. Castro put up two hits and a run on Wednesday, while Headley popped two hits with two runs. When it hits the seventh inning, that means it's time to stop what you're doing and see if perfection can be attained. But a bigger concern for NY may be the starting rotation.

Judge's sixth-inning RBI single against Jumbo Diaz (0-1) - measured at 116.5 miles per hour off the bat - tied the score 3-3, and the Yankees had runners at the corners when Brett Gardner (Holly Hill Academy, College of Charleston) hit a one-out comebacker.

The good news for the Rays on Monday was that they saved themselves from being the victims of a fourth ideal game in nine seasons. 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.

He knew as soon as he started warming up in the bullpen, "I had a good change-up". When he locates his fastball, it's really good.

Harper drove in three runs during his first four-hit game since April 17, 2013. The last time Romine was behind the plate for a Pineda start was on July 25, 2016, when he lasted 7 innings against the Astros, held them to 1 run and got the win against Dallas Keuchel. Pineda whipped through the first inning, ending it by striking out Longoria on four pitches on, you guessed it, the slider. In his last start at New York, Cobb took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and wound up with a no-decision when the Yankees won in the ninth inning on September 11, 2014. He's 6-6. He's left-handed.

Tampa Bay's Matt Andriese will make his second start - and hope it goes better than his season debut and spring training.

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