Former Gamecock Jordan Montgomery has solid debut for Yankees

Montgomery tossed four flawless innings to close out a combined no-hitter with two other pitchers before making two starts.

Weeks exited the game with neck and right shoulder soreness during a violent collision at first base with Gardner.

The Yankees' home opener went about as well as it could have for NY. Snell is in his second year in the big leagues, making his Major League debut at Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2016. The Yankees made a decision to move Luis Severino back a day to give Montgomery the start after the 24-year-old pitched five innings of one-run, three-hit ball with Class A Tampa as a tune-up.

"You get in this locker room, you get in this stadium, you're around all these guys, it's something I'll never forget", the 24-year-old Sumter, S.C., native said.

Asked if Montgomery would get another start, Girardi said, "I would think so, yeah". "You never want to give up a two-run jack in the first inning, " he said, "but I just tried to focus on no more [runs] after that and get back after it. Two-out walks always come back to get you, so it's one of the things I'm going to learn from that and try to improve on that".

Another member of the rebuilding Baby Bombers, Montgomery earned the fifth-starter's job over a group that included Luis Cessa, Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell.

"Two Mack Trucks collided", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. That in turn will bump back Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia's next start by a day each, which Girardi said he wanted to do after both pitchers had to work hard in their initial outings of the season.

Montgomery threw 61 of 89 pitches for strikes, including 17 missed swings.

The Yankees still went on to win the game - but the team's beloved supporters weren't amused.

Montgomery allowed three hits on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings. He handled the Yankees smoothly until the fifth, when he walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded, and Diaz threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

Montgomery, who beat out several pitchers to be the Yankees No. 5 starter, opened the first inning with strikeouts of Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier.

"We've got to play cleaner games", Cash said.

Tampa Bay's Matt Andriese will make his second start - and hope it goes better than his season debut and spring training.