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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Austin factored into the Yankees' decision regarding sending Ronald Torreyes down to make room for Greg Bird, per GM Brian Cashman. Cashman said that Austin "earned a lot, despite the roster being jammed up at 1B." The Yankees view Austin as a more regular contributor (particularly vs. lefty pitchers, used a little more as a DH?) than the occasionally-used Torreyes. They also have added infield flexibility with Neil Walker being able to play second, third and serve as the new emergency catcher. They also can play Gleyber Torres at third and short.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

On sending down Ronald Torreyes, Aaron Boone says it was a difficult decision that "made for a difficult night." The news hit the clubhouse pretty hard, Boone said. He also repeated that he hoped the demotion for Torreyes would be temporary because of what he's meant to his teammates. Boone said the Yankees felt they needed the extra 13th pitcher on the roster as they move through a 14-game in 13-day stretch (there's a doubleheader at Detroit late in this stretch).

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Bird says that it's been in the past week that he's seen the most noticeable comfort with his right ankle post surgery. He finally felt more consistent positive results from the ankle following games in that stretch. He also considers how he's been feeling at the plate to be "pretty impressive," considering how quickly he got back to normal after the injury. As for today, this doesn't have an Opening Day feel for him. This is more like "getting called up again," he said.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Bird's 2018 season will begin with him starting at first and batting sixth. The full Yankees lineup: Gardner CF Judge RF Gregorius SS Stanton LF Sánchez DH Bird 1B Andújar 3B Romine C Torres 2B

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting, and promising, nugget from the Yankees: The Bombers are 9-3 (a .750 winning percentage) in one-run games this season. That's the best such winning percentage in MLB.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Buckle up for today's dose of "you've never seen this before at the ballpark": 35-year-old C Russell Martin will be making his first career start at SS for the Blue Jays. While he has made 22 starts at third, he's played just one inning at short in the majors, with no chances.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees move we were anticipating has happened. First baseman Greg Bird today returned from rehab and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. In order to make room for him, the team also optioned infielder Ronald Torreyes to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about his 100.5 mph throw from RF to home, Aaron Judge quipped, "About time. I've been trying to hit 100. I'm glad I broke that." He broke into a smile before being asked if Aroldis Chapman's job was now in trouble. "Oh no. He's still got that."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone on the makeup of Gleyber Torres: "He says, ‘I've been preparing for this my whole life,' and certainly the last several years coming up in the minor leagues. He just plays the game with a lot of confidence, but his intelligence is very evident. And when you combine intelligence and instincts and talent, you're looking at what's been a very special player for us."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Gleyber Torres continues to play at a torrid pace. The Yankees' 21-year-old rookie had the key swing in Friday night's 2-1 win over the Angels, smacking a 375-foot, opposite-field home run in the seventh inning. The late score put the Yankees back in the win column after they dropped their previous two games in this week's series loss at Texas. New York has now won 15 of its past 18 in the Bronx.