Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees game preview

"Because of how hard Tanaka worked in that fifth inning (in Saturday's loss to Baltimore), I actually told Larry (Rothschild) after the game that it might be a good idea to give him an extra day", Girardi said Monday.

Before the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi speculated Montgomery's experience pitching for the Gamecocks in the 2012 College World Series would minimize his pre-game jitters as he has already pitched on a national stage.

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

Montgomery exited with a runner on second and two outs in the fifth after striking out Evan Longoria.

In the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge hit a RBI single, Brett Gardner reached on a throwing error, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Hicks hit a RBI ground out.

Jumbo Diaz (0-1, 3.60 ERA) relieved Snell and quickly squandered Tampa Bay's lead via a wild pitch, which cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth.

Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs - two earned - over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut Wednesday against the Rays. In his first start this season, Severino logged a no-decision with five innings, six hits and four runs. Then he bounced the easy throw to first, which made it worse as Weeks turned to chase it and collided - National Football League style - with Garder, both ending up on the ground in pain and then out of the game.

Montgomery allowed three hits on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings.

Jordan Montgomery's take away from his first major league start for the Yankees wasn't so much the aura of Yankee Stadium. "And I don't care how you get to the next base, but your job is to score 100 runs".

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in New York.

To clear a 40-man roster spot for Montgomery, the Yankees designated RHP Johnny Barbato for assignment. After being sidelined by a sore right ankle and a stomach ailment, he was benched against a left-handed starter. Since then, he has gone 0-8 with a 7.84 ERA in 13 starts with NY.

Montgomery pitched at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, going 14-5 with a 2.13 earned run average in 25 starts, including one shutout.

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