Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Judge continues power surge as Yanks beat Rays

Keeping Tampa Bay off-balance with four pitches before tiring, Montgomery opened with strikeouts of Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Yankees are -110 money line favorites to beat the Rays, who have odds of +100 to win in the Bronx this afternoon.

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

Will the Yankees take care of business at home again today when they host the Rays at 1:05PM ET?

"I thought he pitched out of jams really well", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. The Yankees said Gardner bruised his jaw and strained his neck.

Sumter's Jordan Montgomery will make his Major League debut with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, starting on the mound in their 1 p.m. contest against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Rays' rotund righty started the sixth and back-to-back-to-back singles by Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Judge tied the game at 3-3.

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

Cedeno faced two batters and did not record an out as he committed a throwing error and permitted a single to Ellsbury as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead. Hicks drove in two runs without a hit Wednesday and is 3-for-13 so far.

"We put ourselves in a bad situation there", third baseman Evan Longoria said. "We have to figure out a way to not let that be what defines us over the course of the year". At the time, NY was trailing 2-0.

OUR PICK: The Yankees have won four of their last five games against the Rays at home and are a flawless 5-0 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. "You never want to give up a two-run jack in the first inning, " he said, "but I just tried to focus on no more [runs] after that and get back after it. Two-out walks always come back to get you, so it's one of the things I'm going to learn from that and try to improve on that".

He started Tampa's season opener last Thursday, striking out eight while allowing three hits, one walk and one unearned run in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Lakeland.

Yankees flamethrower Luis Severino (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will oppose Rays' righty Matt Andriese (0-0, 9.00 ERA).

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in five appearances (three starts) against the Yankees.

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