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Spring training 2018: Yankees @ Twins

Jordan Montgomery makes his fifth start of the spring against former Yankee Phil Hughes.

Jordan Montgomery pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Jordan Montgomery pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
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Rejoice, friends, Opening Day is one week from today! Only six more spring training games remain before the Yankees’ quest for 28 officially begins.

Meanwhile, the paring down of the roster continues. Prior to yesterday’s game versus the Orioles, the Yankees optioned Tyler Austin, Billy McKinney, Giovanny Gallegos, and Ben Heller to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Manager Aaron Boone indicated that the team will go with a 13-man pitching staff to start the season. The final spot will likely go to Domingo German or Jonathan Holder. Both have pitched well this spring. German struck out 15 batters over 12 2/3 innings, while Holder recorded 11 strikeouts in eight frames.

Boone also announced that Tyler Wade earned a place on the Opening Day roster. The skipper has not named a starting second baseman, but he said both Wade and Neil Walker will get playing time once the team heads north.

Jordan Montgomery makes his fifth start of the spring today as the Yankees visit the Twins in Fort Myers. Boone tapped the left-hander to start New York’s home opener versus Tampa Bay on April 2nd. Former Yankee Phil Hughes goes for Minnesota this afternoon. Hughes played for the Yankees during their last championship run in 2009.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM EDT and you can watch on MLB.TV or ESPN2.