Game 53: Montgomery Tasked With Middle Game

Averaging 8.5 runs per game already this series, the Yankees look to back rookie Jordan Montgomery with another offensive barrage.

In his last time out, Montgomery did not have his best stuff, and was abandoned by the Yankees defense. He allowed three runs through 4⅓ innings, marking his shortest start at the Major League level. The lefty looks to revert to his May 23 form when he allowed just one run to the Kansas City Royals through 6⅔ innings. No one on the Blue Jays has faced Montgomery in the past.

The Yankees face converted reliever Joe Biagini in his sixth start. He pitched six innings and threw 95 pitches in his last outing against Texas. He pitched effectively (7 hits, 2 ER), but took the loss. A few Yankees have success against him in a very small sample size because the Bombers only have faced him as a reliever.

Gary Sánchez gets the day off as Austin Romine will do the catching today. Aaron Hicks, who is 11-for-24 (.458) in the past seven days, moves up to the No. 2 slot. Chris Carter is out of the lineup in favor of Rob Refsnyder. Girardi also continues the Aaron Judge in the No. 3 slot experiment, which has worked well in the past few games.


Joe Girardi told reporters that Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down indefinitely after a return of concussion symptoms. Ellsbury suffered the concussion on May 24 after colliding hard with the center field wall at Yankee Stadium chasing down an Alcides Escobar fly ball. He will just rest for the time being.

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Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Hicks – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – DH
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Didi Gregorius – SS
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Austin Romine – C
  9. Rob Refsnyder – 1B
Toronto Blue Jays
  1. Kevin Pillar – CF
  2. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  3. José Bautista – RF
  4. Kendrys Morales – DH
  5. Justin Smoak – 1B
  6. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  7. Devon Travis – 2B
  8. Darwin Barney – LF
  9. Luke Maile – C

 

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