Montgomery has been a solid addition to the Yankees rotation and snapped a four-start winless streak by holding the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless on three hits in six innings on Saturday. NY has won three straight, outscoring rivals Boston and Baltimore 25-3 over the last three nights. Bundy has lost three of his last four decisions while pitching fairly well, and the 24-year-old is 6-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall.
The only other batter that reached was Tejada, who doubled to lead off the fifth, but Montgomery sniffed out that rally, too; a sacrifice bunt moved Tejada to third, but a lineout and a strikeout ended that rally, and the final out of nine in a row to end the lefty's night was a strikeout of Tejada, giving Montgomery a new career high of eight. Judge, Holliday and Sanchez had three hits each.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, originally slated to start, was pushed back to Monday in Anaheim. 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.
"I'm sure he can hit it up to 122 or 123", Gary Sanchez said through an interpreter.
Minus injured star Mike Trout, the Angels entered Friday tied for last in the American League in slugging percentage. All kinds of factors. "We want to see him clear hurdles and he continues to clear them and we really like what he's doing".
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned to the team a day after the club told him not to come to Wrigley Field while Major League Baseball investigates a domestic abuse claim.
NY dropped the series opener to the Red Sox before winning the next two by a combined 17-1 as the baby bombers stepped up. The Orioles are still in the second wild card spot, at least for the moment, though two teams are within a game of them and it's fair to say the O's are heading in the wrong direction. In his 66.0 innings and 3-4 record this year, Gausman has a 5.86 ERA with 47 Ks and 28 BBs. The world bore witness to that poise on Friday night, when Montgomery rebounded from a rough second inning to end up pitching seven strong in the Yankees' eventual 8-2 win over Baltimore.
"I'm happy." He then said of his first-half success, "I got a lot of at-bats early [in the season], and I was able to keep my swing feeling good". "I'm just trying to find my tempo and roll with it".
Aroldis Chapman was scheduled to depart Friday night for Florida.
"I'm very anxious to finish the process and get back here to start helping these guys", Chapman said through a translator. "Schoop, I threw a good changeup, he just barreled it up". My arm feels good. "I would think it'd be sooner than later", Showalter said. The lefty closer, who was placed on the disabled list on May 14 with rotator cuff inflammation, will throw a simulated game Saturday in Tampa.