Former USC Pitcher Will Make MLB Debut For The Yankees

The left-handed pitcher got the start for the New York Yankees in their game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He tried to define the difficulty Monday. The lefty impressed in his two starts, finishing spring with a 3.20 ERA that was third among pitchers who made at least one start (behind Tanaka and Green) before allowing only one unearned run over five innings last Thursday in what will be his final minor-league start for now.

NY was on the verge of falling to 1-5 Sunday when it trailed by three runs at Baltimore before rallying.

Longoria's hit, cleanly into leftfield, was welcomed by the Rays, who had barely been able to touch Pineda, 10 of their first 19 striking out.

"Just sloppy overall", Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria said.

"He deserves it; I knew he had great stuff, and he was working on his consistency, especially the slider", Higashioka said.

Montgomery, a fourth-round pick of the Yankees in the 2014 draft, allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings in a 3-1 victory over Toronto in his next start.

Bird hit third in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day at Tampa, one spot behind Sanchez after scorching Grapefruit League pitching. A video review was needed to determine it was a home run. Could he have spotted his fastball better today, yes.

Tyler Clippard and Chasen Shreve combined for ideal relief.

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. Both fell to the field as Chase Headley came home with the go-ahead run.

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham (1) leaps over New York Yankees Aaron Judge after tagging the second base bag for a force out on a bunt by Kyle Higashioka during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 12, .

"I was disappointed when Longo hit that double", Brett Gardner said, "but still just an awesome outing by big Mike".

Gardner moved to the locker next to the entrance by showers, formerly occupied by Carlos Beltran and before that Jorge Posada. Gardner crawled to touch first before rolling onto his back, and Weeks remained prone on his chest.

"Decent real estate", Gardner said.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez, who went on the DL after straining his right biceps Saturday, is expected to be out four weeks with a strained brachialis muscle.

Former South Carolina ace Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs - two earned - and struck out seven in 4.2 innings of work during his Major League Baseball debut for NY against Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. LHP Blake Snell (0-1) will pitch for the Rays.