Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hicks, Montgomery help lead Yankees past Orioles

The first place Yankees continue their AL East home stand with a three-game series against the Orioles this weekend after taking the rubber game of their three game set against the Red Sox last night.

The Yankees are coming off a series win against Boston and look to get ahead of the Orioles in the first of their three-game set tonight at Yankee Stadium, but nearly all of the talk pregame was about two pitchers: one who is hurt, and one who isn't.

The left-hander allowed a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop but with two on in the second, he began a stretch in which he retired 17 of the final 18 hitters.

Severino allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, marking the fourth straight time he allowed two runs or less.

Aaron Hicks homered twice and rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched seven stellar innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Friday night. The 24-year-old, who has given up just one homer in the last three games, lasted just 4 1/3 innings while allowing three runs - one earned against Baltimore on May 29.

The Yankees made a decision to push him back a day and start him Monday night against the lighter-hitting Angels. In his last outing, the right-hander pitched for his shortest spell of the season of five innings in a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox. He says he never struggled this much in Japan, which makes it more hard to deal with. "To get out of here even instead of being down 3-1, it's a big swing day for us".

We'll see if the bald brothers can strike again against the righty, as Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each homered off Tillman at Camden Yards, with Holliday taking him deep twice. "I was working towards pitching on Sunday, so it just gives me an extra day of rest".

"There's all kinds of factors", Joe Girardi said. "(Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is) working day in, day out. Manager Joe Girardi did not say who will start Sunday.

Masahiro Tanaka now has an American League-worst 6.55 ERA through 12 starts.

The Yankees answered quickly and tied the game when Castro hit a 2-0 fastball into the center field seats and Headley lifted a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field.

"I feel I understand what I need to do", Tanaka said through his translator, declining to specify what that is. "So I guess I'm in the process of it right now as well, but I'm trying to fix that and trying to be more consistent".

In other news, injured closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday morning at the team's complex in Tampa, Florida. Girardi said he will also pitch in a rehab game for Class AA Trenton, probably on Tuesday.

"I'm very anxious to finish the process and get back here to start helping these guys", Chapman said through a translator. There are times where I feel like the only questions are which team they will trade him to and how long before he turns it around and wins a Cy Young there.

"It's a good matchup", Trumbo said. "What we have to do now is just get through those minor league innings, see how I feel after that, and see what happens".

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