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Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York  Attendance: 46,776

Snow pushes back Yankees' home opener against Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees

  1. The Rays scored just nine runs, including three over their last three games, while going 1-3 versus Boston in their opening series. Tampa Bay is batting just .190 as a team while slugging .278. The Rays have mustered a .157 average with the bases empty and a .125 mark with no one out.
  2. Since the beginning of 2017, the Yankees have scored 98 unearned runs, 17 more than any other offense (Red Sox, 81). Yankee opponents have committed 135 errors, 19 more than the next-highest total against any team (116 versus Red Sox).
  3. After going 12-7 versus Tampa Bay last season, the Yankees are now 35-22 in the series since the beginning of 2015. That's a reversal from the Rays' success over the previous five seasons, when Tampa Bay owned a 52-40 record versus New York between 2010 and 2014.
  4. Matt Duffy has been the biggest bright spot in Tampa Bay's lineup, going 6-for-16 (.375) in the Rays' opening series, while the rest of the roster combined for a .164 average (18/110). But while Duffy is 6-for-10 (.600) against right-handers so far this season, he's hitless (0-for-6) versus southpaws.
  5. Brandon Drury clubbed his first homer as a member of the Yankees on Sunday, punctuating a series in which he went 5-for-13 (.385) and reached base in half of his 16 plate appearances. Drury could make his Yankee Stadium debut on Monday after slugging .528 at home for Arizona last year while slugging just .373 on the road.
  6. Jordan Montgomery is scheduled to make his 2018 debut on Monday after leading all American League rookies in innings (155.1) while tying for second in wins (9) last season. Montgomery's 144 strikeouts were the second most ever by a Yankee rookie left-hander (Al Downing, 171 strikeouts in 1963).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/2/2018 thru 4/3/2018

NEW YORK -- The latest in a rash of snowy weather delayed manager Aaron Boone's home debut and Giancarlo Stanton's first at-bats at Yankee Stadium for another day.

After snowy conditions forced a postponement on Monday, the New York Yankees will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the home opener late Tuesday afternoon.

Monday's game was postponed roughly 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch because of snow. It was the fifth snowstorm to come through the New York area along with four nor'easters last month.

"It was really coming down, so obviously not surprised to get here and hear it was called pretty quickly," Boone said. "It was going to be an ordeal to have any kind of a chance."

Boone will be only the fourth new manager in the last 26 years when the game starts. Each of the previous three (Buck Showalter, Joe Torre, and Joe Girardi) were victorious in their respective home openers in 1992, 1996 and 2008.

Boone and the Yankees are coming off a four-game split at Toronto. Stanton homered twice in the season opener, but two questionable decisions by Boone factored into losses in the last two games.

On Saturday, Boone opted to keep Dellin Betances on the mound for a second inning and he gave up two runs in the eighth inning in a 5-3 loss. A day later, Boone opted to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson in the eighth and David Robertson allowed a grand slam to Justin Smoak in a 7-4 loss.

New York's bullpen has allowed 11 runs so far and was used extensively after CC Sabathia lasted five innings Saturday and Sonny Gray went four Sunday.

"(The bullpen) is going to be a strength. I am confident of that," Boone said. "Everything is a little bit magnified in the early days, good and bad. I'm really comfortable over time that those guys will continue to do their thing and not be just a strength, but I think an overwhelming strength of this club."

Tampa Bay, which was the opponent for last year's home opener played at a game-time temperature of 76 degrees, is hitting .190 after scoring nine runs in a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Rays rallied for a 6-4 victory Thursday but dropped the next three and Brad Miller's home run was their only offense in Sunday's 2-1 loss.

Despite those early struggles at the plate, the Rays are optimistic they will improve.

"I think it's just a matter of time," Miller said. "Everybody is getting their feet under them. Some of the big innings will start to happen."

"We have guys who have a track record of hitting," Rays manager Kevin Cash added. "They're going to get going."

The Rays will attempt to generate offense against Jordan Montgomery, who was originally slated to start Monday.

Montgomery was 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie last season and made his major league debut on April 12 against Tampa Bay in New York's second home game.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA in three starts vs. Tampa Bay, all at Yankee Stadium. He was 6-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 15 starts at Yankee Stadium and his ratio of 0.77 homers allowed per nine innings in New York is the sixth lowest by any Yankee with a minimum of 75 innings.

Tampa Bay was slated to start Austin Pruitt in its second "bullpen game" of the season but moved up Chris Archer one day for his second start.

Archer opened the season by allowing four runs and six hits in six innings Thursday against Boston but took a no-decision after Tampa Bay rallied.

Last season, Archer was 10-12 with a career-worst 4.07 ERA and was 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in four starts against the Yankees.

Archer is 6-7 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 career starts against the Yankees and 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA in nine outings in New York.

The Yankees won 12 of 19 meetings with the Rays last season, including eight of 10 in New York.

Updated April 2, 2018

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