"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. Montgomery ended the day with a no decision as the Yankees went on to pick up an 8-4 win over the Rays.
The Yankees announced on Monday that the 24-year-old Montgomery, a standout performer for Sumter High School, the American Legion Sumter P-15's and the University of SC, had won the role as the team's fifth starter.
Mitchell (1-0) got four outs for the win, and Aroldis Chapman retired two batters for the first save of his second Yankees' stint.
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.
Mixing up four pitches to both sides of the plate, Montgomery was at his best when in trouble. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Weeks exited the game with neck and right shoulder soreness during a violent collision at first base with Gardner. He owned a career postseason record of 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in five postseason starts, surrendering just four runs on 20 hits in 38.2 innings.More news: Cristie Kerr collects 19th LPGA win at Lotte Championship
The Rays extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth, but that changed dramatically over the next two innings. NY wasn't expected to use a fifth starter until April 16, but Montgomery will be handed the ball earlier than expected because Joe Girardi wants to give Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia an extra day of rest. "And I don't care how you get to the next base, but your job is to score 100 runs". Judge was 2-for-15 in New York's first five games and is 6-for-11 in the last three games to raise his average to.308.
To clear a 40-man roster spot for Montgomery, the Yankees designated RHP Johnny Barbato for assignment.
Yankees: 1B Greg Bird missed his fourth straight game. NY is also 2-11 in Severino's last 13 starts, and 0-4 in Severino's last four starts with five days of rest.
Yankees flamethrower Luis Severino (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will oppose Rays' righty Matt Andriese (0-0, 9.00 ERA).
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.