NEW YORK (AP) -- Back in the Yankees clubhouse, Didi Gregorius said he expected New York's success in his absence. The shortstop was activated from the disabled list after recovering from a strained right shoulder, an injury sustained while playing for the Netherlands in last month's World Baseball Classic. He was in the lineup at shortstop and batting sixth against Baltimore on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The way Jordan Montgomery keeps his cool on the mound, it's hard to believe he's a rookie. The way the New York Yankees keep winning games lately, it's easy to forget who they're missing.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SLUMPING STARS Trevor Story, Jhonny Peralta, Jose Reyes and Russell Martin are among the big names looking lost at the plate early this season. Story is hitting .129 without a home run, a year after the Rockies' shortstop was the NL rookie of the month for April when he hit 10 homers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jordan Montgomery got to Yankee Stadium about four hours before game time, had a few cups of coffee and prepared for his major league debut. To get the nerves out of his system, the 24-year-old visited the ballpark a day earlier and tossed a ball across the near-empty field to bullpen catcher Radley Haddad.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays has hit the first home run of the new Major League Baseball season. Longoria connected for a two-run drive against New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning on Sunday at Tropicana Field. Corey Dickerson of the Rays got the first hit and also scored the first run.