Michael King starts for Yanks in series opener against Rays


NEW YORK — Michael King was recalled by the New York Yankees to start Friday night’s series opener against the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays.

The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over six scoreless innings during a 99-pitch relief appearance against Toronto in a 3-1 loss on April 4, then was optioned to the alternate training site.

King was 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA in four starts and relief appearances during last year’s pandemic-shortened season.

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-0) starts for the Yankees on Saturday and ace Gerrit Cole (2-0) on Sunday.

Tampa Bay had not announced its pitching plans for the series.

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