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Montgomery was impressive in his first start of spring training Thursday against Tampa Bay as he gave up two runs over 4.1 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. "I liked what I saw - a lot," manager Joe Girardi told Newsday.
Montgomery has gone from a dark horse candidate to make the bullpen to the thick of the competition to win a spot in the rotation. He has a 3.68 ERA with a 13:2 K:BB in 14.2 innings this spring. He's competing with Luis Severino, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa for the final spot in the rotation.
Wright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three over 4.1 scoreless innings Thursday against the Pirates. He threw 62 pitches.
The Red Sox have to worry about David Price's elbow and Drew Pomeranz's triceps, but Wright's shoulder, the one that ended his 2016 season prematurely, has not been a problem. He remains as constant as ever and represents a stabilizing element in a rotation that faces some uncertainty. The knuckle-baller has yet to give up a run over 9.1 spring innings, allowing just four base-runners.
Porcello allowed one run on two and one walk while striking out nine over six innings in a minor league game Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Not much to report in this start against mostly Double-A hitters. Porcello got to work on all his pitches and came away feeling he executed well. He'll dial it back to about 60-75 pitches in his final spring start next Wednesday against the Nationals. The right-hander is cruising toward his Opening Day start April 3 against the Pirates.
Quintana allowed two hits without a walk and struck out three over seven innings Thursday against the Reds, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
With more than a dozen scouts looking on, Quintana filled their notebooks as he retired the first 17 batters faced and needed just 79 pitches. He tossed a few more in the bullpen to get up around 90. He's ahead of most pitchers because he prepared himself to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. With one final outing next week before the start of the regular season, Quintana still hasn't been named the White Sox's starter for Opening Day, though he's on schedule for that honor. By not naming him, the team leaves open the possibility of trading him.
For the third consecutive year, Archer will take the mound on Opening Day as Tampa Bay's ace. Archer got off to a rocky start last season, notching a 4.66 ERA with 18 home runs allowed in the first half of the year before settling down with a 3.25 ERA and 1.01 WHIP after the All-Star break. He has looked sharp this spring, striking out 13 batters over 10.2 innings. Archer and the Rays will host the Yankees to start the season.
Paxton (illness) will have his scheduled start Friday skipped due to a head cold, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Hisashi Iwakuma will take Paxton's spot on the mound for Friday's game against the Royals. Fortunately, Johns is reporting that Paxton is just dealing with a case of the cold, so there's little reason for concern regarding the hard-throwing lefty's status heading into the season. Although Paxton has given up four earned runs over 9.0 innings this spring, he's sporting a strong 11:1 K:BB over that stretch.
Iwakuma will throw in a Friday minor league start, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The veteran right-hander last pitched Saturday against the Giants, an outing in which he racked up five strikeouts over 3.2 innings but also surrendered three runs. Iwakuma is scheduled to go "five or six innings" in an effort to keep him on pace for the regular season.
Gallardo racked up seven strikeouts but gave up three runs over 4.2 innings in a minor league start against the Royals on Wednesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Gallardo allowed four hits and a walk overall as he got his work in on his regular pitching schedule. The projected No. 5 starter had a rough outing in the World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico but bounced back in his return to spring action last Friday against the Diamondbacks, giving up two runs over 4.1 innings and 70 pitches.
Bassitt (elbow) threw another successful 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, John Hickey of The East Bay Times reports.
Bassitt was able to do the same in a session the prior Tuesday as he continues his recovery from last year's Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old right-hander "was able to throw all his pitches" according to manager Bob Melvin, with the successful session ostensibly bringing him one step closer to a return to game action.
Montas, who earned a two-inning save in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League win over the White Sox with four strikeouts and only hit over two innings, is a contender for the final bullpen spot, John Hickey of The East Bay Times reports.
The young fireballer has racked up a sparkling 9:1 K:BB along with a 1.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over his four appearances and possesses the ever-coveted 100 mph fastball. While the A's would ideally like to have more than one southpaw in the bullpen, the struggles of Daniel Coulombe and Ross Detwiler, who each sport a 9.39 ERA, are making that possibility increasingly less likely. That leaves a potential spot open for Montas, who's projected as a starter over the long term but could serve as an excellent late-inning option in the interim.