How Jordan Montgomery went from spring longshot to Yankees fifth starter

Montgomery allowed a two-run home run in the first inning, but the big lefty was otherwise impressive in his first time out as the Yankees' fifth starter. He scored on a wild pitch during an at-bat to Matt Holliday and lined the game-tying single off Jumbo Diaz (0-1) in the sixth when NY scored four runs. Diaz field the ball and turned toward second, hoping to start an inning-ending double play but forgetting the infield was in and there was no one covering the base.

Tigers 2, Red Sox 1: Justin Verlander and Chris Sale dominated in a matchup of ace pitchers before Nicholas Castellanos singled in the go-ahead run off Sale in the eighth inning, lifting Detroit over Boston.

Verlander gave up an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings. While first baseman Greg Bird may return after missing the previous four games with a combination of a sore ankle and stomach flu, left fielder Brett Gardner probably will miss the game.

A Hicks fielder's choice brought home New York's sixth run of the game; Judge added an exclamation point in the seventh with a towering blast to dead center field, his seventh HR in 35 career games and third straight contest with a homer.

Montgomery beat out Chad Green for the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation. Gardner crawled to touch first before rolling onto his back, and Weeks remained prone on his chest. "He has four-pitch mix".

"The biggest thing was my location was really good today", said Pineda, who first became aware of his no-hit bid after the fourth inning.

Montgomery didn't even get the opportunity to start until March 23, but he had made four relief appearances and pitched to 3.48 ERA in those outings - the last four ideal innings to finish out a no-hitter on March 17.

It would be easy for me to cop out and say "Incomplete" for Montgomery's first game grade but I won't.

"I think the consistency is what separated him, and when we watched him, there was deception", Girardi said.

GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Giants catcher Buster Posey was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game, a frightening moment in San Francisco's victory in its home opener. Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton and Ryan Zimmerman each had three of Washington's 19 hits, and the Nationals overcame four errors by breaking open the game in a seven-run eighth inning.

"We've got to play cleaner games", Cash said. "He's facing some decisions", Cashman said. He's 6-6. He's left-handed.

RHP Luis Severino (0-0) is slated to start Thursday's series finale for the Yankees and RHP Matt Andriese (0-0) for the Rays.