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Jordan Montgomery will start Game Four; J.A. Happ would have preferred to start; CB Bucknor was awful behind home plate in Game Two

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NY Post | Dan Martin: Jordan Montgomery hasn’t been on the mound in two weeks and has never thrown a pitch in the postseason, but he will be the starter in Game Four for New York. “I’m excited to get an opportunity,’’ Montgomery said. “I’ve been waiting since 2017, especially once I got hurt [the next season]. I’m excited to go out there and pitch.” The hopes of the Yankees’ season will rest on if he can keep things close and get Gerrit Cole another start.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Deivi Garcia threw three pitches in Game Two before the Yankees got J.A. Happ warming in the bullpen. Happ entered to start the second inning, and did not do such a great job. He surrendered four runs over 2.2 frames. Happ noted that he probably would have preferred to have just started the game. Because of New York’s questionable decision, they let the Rays back into the series.

USA Today | Chris Bumbaca: CB Bucknor was behind home plate in Game Two, and he did not call a good game to say the least. Bucknor essentially extended the strike zone a few extra inches off the outside corner for right-handed hitters. If you don’t believe me, there’s proof.