Yankees' Greg Bird sits with sore right ankle

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hitting his first homerun of the season on Friday vs. the Orioles

Getting beat by the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening series was not how fans had envisioned the season starting out, but a stark reality may be starting to set in on Major League Baseball analysts.

And it was the first earned run against the Yankees' bullpen in 15 innings this season. Michael Pineda started the game for the Yankees, giving up four runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work. NY center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 7-for-16 with a home run against the 33-year-old Jimenez. This saw a 2.77 ERA through 20 starts, striking out over a batter per inning. Now the teams swap opponents, with two new divisional matchups taking place over the weekend.

Seth Smith launched a memorable first homer with the Orioles, as the right fielder's two-run blast in the seventh inning was the highlight in Baltimore's 6-5 series-opening win over the Yankees. Luis Severino is on the mound against Ubaldo Jimenez.

Given the position that Sanchez plays - catcher - it will be interesting to see how much time Sanchez will spend on the shelf. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will both hit the open market after the end of the 2018 season barring an extension beforehand, and unsurprisingly, the whispers have already started.

The Baltimore Orioles got two off-days in the first week, a big reason they are able to bring back No. 1 starter Kevin Gausman for his second start in just the fourth game of the season on Saturday.

Gardner doubled ahead of No. 2 hitter Sanchez in the fifth, and then Sanchez - just 1-for-14 on the season entering that at-bat. This could be a sign of regressing back to how he performed in the minor leagues before getting promoted to the Yankees.

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Down by four runs, the Baltimore Orioles made up the deficit by employing their most effective weapon: the home run.

Bird was joined on the bench by Aaron Judge, who was told by Girardi on Friday that he wouldn't be playing Saturday.

Game Summary: Matt Holiday put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI single. The numbers are only that high thanks to a hot start for Chase Headley, who is 7-for-11 so far, posting an impressive 0.636 batting average.

The Yankees training staff and manager Joe Girardi examined Sanchez and immediately pulled him from the game.

The New York Yankees rumors about the pitching staff aren't going to go away either if the team doesn't find some consistency in its starting rotation.

The first baseman fouled a ball off the foot March 30 in Clearwater, Florida, in an exhibition game against the Phillies, and it's bothered him to some degree since.

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