Yankees get helping hand from bullpen in 14-3 win over Orioles

NY clubbed five homers in bludgeoning the Orioles for a second straight night, delivering an early knockout blow with six first-inning runs en route to setting season highs for hits (18) and runs (16). NY slugged four homers Sunday, becoming the first team to surpass 100 this season, and outscored the Orioles 38-7 in the three-game series. He has lost his last three starts and was hit hard by the Yankees on May 30 in Baltimore, allowing five runs and seven hits - three homers - in 2 2/3 innings. He's got 20 home runs for the 2017 season so far. 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. In fact, only one of 35 ESPN experts predicted that the team would win the division.

Green will start Sunday's game against the Orioles.

And for good measure, Judge added another home run in his next at-bat Sunday.

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and the rest of Yankees' young sluggers are locked in and scoring in bunches. Right-hander Logan Verrett gave up three runs, two earned, in 2.2 innings and in his major league debut, right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis allowed four runs in an inning. While the news came as a shock to both Taillon and the Pirates' organization, the 25-year-old righty appears to have made a full and rapid recovery after several weeks of treatment and rehab outings.

Montgomery struck out a career-high eight batters.

"They're a good fastball hitting team, so you really have to mix and keep them in between speeds", Montgomery said of his approach.

No doubt, the Yankees team of scouts is working double overtime this weekend in trying to sort out an infinite number of possibilities before the team makes its choice on Monday and throughout the next two days as the rounds compound and the number of players selected reaches into the hundreds.

PITTSBURGH - Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple in the eighth and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double for Pittsburgh.

In the fourth, Gausman walked his sixth batter, and allowed a two-run single by Castro. NY 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) was 2-for-5 in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He also plays for the resurgent Yankees, so it's probably best to enjoy him now before you're contractually obligated to hate him later.

Aaron Judge then walked and scored from first on Matt Holliday's double off the left- centre fence. Shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Ruben Tejada began the inning with doubles off NY starter Chad Green.