The New York Yankees’ much-anticipated home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday has been postponed due to the snowfall in the city.

Yankees Home Opener Postponed News

Snow levels were predicted to reach up to around five inches on Monday. Thus, the game has been rescheduled to Tuesday at 4:05pm EST.

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This is not the first time something like this has happened to the Bombers.

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The Yanks’ home opener against Houston two years ago was postponed because of a forecast of bad weather and rescheduled for the following day. In 1982, the first game of the season for the Yankees was postponed after the Bronx got 12 inches. In 2003, opening day was pushed back when four inches fell the day before.

They’ve also played through flurries, like in April 1996 and again in April 2007.

Several other parts of the Northeast were hit by the snowstorm, the fifth this year after four “Nor’easters” in March. The Yankees game was scheduled for late Tuesday afternoon because rain is forecast for the morning.

No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery remains the scheduled pitcher Tuesday for the Yankees. The Rays will shift to ace Chris Archer in place of Austin Pruitt, who won Thursday’s opener in relief.

Montgomery, a 25-year-old left-hander, is coming off a 9-7 rookie season. He said he feels more confident this spring.

“Last year was more of a roller-coaster ride,” Montgomery said. “I was feeling good and then I’d have a bad game and be down in the dumps. I feel like as a starting pitcher you’ve just got to be even-keeled with the good and the bad, no matter what, and just stick with your routine and keep your confidence.”

The Yankees’ advance ticket sales for the season are up 650,000 from last year.

 

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