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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Montgomery looks to prevent a sweep

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The Yankees turn to Gumby to stop a skid.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough few days for the Yankees, who have dropped three straight entering today’s showdown with the Rays. There have been pitching issues and hitting issues, and I think that today is as good a day as any to right the ship. The club will send one of their best to the mound to try and do just that, while Brent Honeywell Jr. will look to make an impression on the Rays in his MLB debut.

Jordan Montgomery is coming off a great start last Monday against the Orioles, and hopefully his ability to mix pitches and bear in on righties helps slow down a Rays lineup that’s looked pretty comfortable in the box this weekend. Through the first two turns in the rotation, Montgomery looks to pretty clearly be the team’s No. 2, and today’s a fine example of why you need a good No. 2.

Offensively, two things of note. New Yankee Roughned Odor makes his debut for the club after being acquired earlier this week, batting fifth and taking over the keystone. Brett Gardner also once again subs in for Clint Frazier. Lineup balance!

How to watch

Location: Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL

First pitch: 1:10 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, MLB Network (out-of-market)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv

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