The Yankees' ninth-inning rally falls short as they lose to the Orioles, 5-3, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Six things to know about Saturday's game…
1) James Paxton made his first start as a Yankee and cruised through his first five innings allowing one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. He ran into issues in the sixth inning, some at the hands of his defense, and finished with a line of 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB and 5 K. Paxton threw 57 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
2) DJ LeMahieu also made his first start in pinstripes, playing third base. LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a single, double and an RBI. He also made a couple of spectacular plays at third base. LeMahieu will be shuttled around the infield this season and demonstrated his three Gold Gloves while at second base were no fluke.
3) Right-handed reliever Chad Green allowed a run in his inning of work, throwing just two off-speed pitches among his 18 offerings. Green has not been nearly as dominant as he was in 2017 and the answer is to develop a quality secondary pitch to work with the fastball.
4 ) Besides the ninth-inning rally attempt, the Yankees had its best scoring chance in the first inning - bases loaded and one out - but Miguel Andujar bounced into an inning-ending double play. The Yankees went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but stranded 11 baserunners on the day.
5) Brett Gardner went 0-for-5 and is now hitless in nine at-bats to start the season. This is not ideal for the Yankees who need to get Aaron Hicks back in the lineup sooner than later.
6) Troy Tulowitzki hit his first home run as a Yankee, a ninth-inning solo blast. It was Tulowitzki's first home run since July 8, 2017.
The Yankees will look to bounce back on Sunday in the rubber match of the series when J.A. Happ takes the mound against the Orioles at 1:05 p.m.