Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 4/3

The New York Yankees home opener had to wait a day after the Bronx and much of the state of New York was bombed with snow over the Easter holiday and into Monday morning. Have no fear though for the boys in Pinstripes are here today to kick off their Yankee Stadium schedule with a series with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the Yankees home opener the team will send left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery to the mound to face off with the Rays starter Chris Archer. This should be a fun one, the Yankees are home once again so how could it not be?

Montgomery takes the ball to start in the Yankees’ home opener, just a day later than expected, after an impressive rookie campaign in 2017. Last season the Yankees rookie left-hander started 29 games for the Bombers striking out 144 in 155.1 innings worth of work. Montgomery said this offseason he did so last season without command and use of his best pitch, a changeup he worked with this offseason and spring, giving the Yankees and their fans much hope for improvement here in 2018.

Archer is a perennial Yankees killer and, weather pending, will get another shot to shut down the Yankees this afternoon in the Bronx. Originally the Rays were scheduled to pitch Bull Penday yesterday in the opener, but Mother Nature had other plans allowing the Rays to pitch their ace on normal rest. Hooray for them, but for the Yankees not so much.

The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and can be seen on the YES Network. You can also follow along with the Yankees on MLB TV, the MLB At-Bat App or by tuning into their radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Enjoy the game, destroy the Rays, and Go Yankees!

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