"Watching his BP (batting practice), I've seen balls go farther than any other balls I've ever seen", Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, Monday, April 10, 2017, in New York.
Asked if Montgomery would get another start, Girardi said, "I would think so, yeah".
The Yankees will likely be shorthanded in their bid for a fourth straight win.
But for Montgomery, it was a walk, not a home run that spoiled Montgomery's debut.
Jacoby Ellsbury followed with an RBI single, and Hicks added a run-scoring grounder off Erasmo Ramirez for a 6-3 lead.
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 flawless innings to finish out a no-hitter on March 17.
Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs - two earned - over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut Wednesday against the Rays.
Jordan Montgomery's take away from his first major league start for the Yankees wasn't so much the aura of Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees trainers and managers tend to Brett Gardner after Gardner collided with Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Rickie Weeks who was reaching for an errant throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Ap.
He started Tampa's season opener last Thursday, striking out eight while allowing three hits, one walk and one unearned run in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Lakeland.
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Aaron Hicks, and a wild pitch during Matt Holliday's at-bat.
The two-run blast gave the Yankees a 8-3 lead. "And I don't care how you get to the next base, but your job is to score 100 runs". 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.
Montgomery wasn't originally part of the Yankees' spring competition for the final two spots in the rotation, but as the skipper noted, he pitched his way into it during the Grapefruit League slate. Andriese gave up five runs - four earned - in four innings last Friday against Toronto.