New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Twenty straight Rays had been to the plate and ended up turning right back to the dugout with nothing to show for it against Yankees starter Michael Pineda until Evan Longoria doubled with two outs in the seventh inning.

Longoria reached on a first-pitch hanging slider and tipped his helmet to Pineda after reaching second.

Agitated Yankee fans have berated Martha Stewart on Twitter after believing she "jinxed" pitcher Michael Pineda into missing out on a no-hitter on Monday afternoon. Last year, he had 207 strikeouts, sixth-best in the AL, but his 4.82 ERA was the highest by a 200-strikeout pitcher in the AL in 20 years.

Montgomery was called up after only one start with the Yankees class A-Advanced team Tampa, where he threw five innings of three hit ball with an unearned run.

Headed our way on Wednesday from Yankee Stadium in Major League Baseball action, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees will be continuing their series. And through six innings, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was pitching a ideal game.

Jordan Montgomery makes his big league debut in NY.

It was a nice moment for a pitcher who has been a source of frustration to those same fans, and the Yankees as well.

The Yankees broke a 3-1 game open with a five-run eighth. He has a fastball that tops out around 96 miles per hour, a change up, slider and curve.

"He has a four-pitch mix, with a very good downhill angle, and he's 6-foot-6 and lefty", Girardi said.

So, Montgomery will go Wednesday, moving Luis Severino back to Thursday and Tanaka and Sabathia back to the Cardinals series this weekend, and Girardi said Monday there's a lot to like about the 24-year-old who's now on the verge of his major-league debut.

After an off day, 24-year-old LHP Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut for NY on Wednesday after winning the No. 5 starter's job. I don't think anyone expects Montgomery to be a top of the rotation starter or anything like that, but he has a chance to be a solid mid-rotation innings guy, and the Yankees will sign up for that right now. On April 5 in St. Petersburg, he faced those same Rays and was cuffed for eight hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

In six appearances over the spring, Montgomery gave up seven earned runs in 19 2/3 innings for a 3.20 ERA. When he locates his fastball, it's really good.

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