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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone still sees brighter days ahead for his starters. He called the rotation a major influencer in that 17-2 run earlier this year. "They were consistently giving us quality outings. We've hit a little bump in the road here this last time and a half through or so, but no reason for me to think they won't turn it around and get that rolling again. That's the key to everything. If we can get our pitchers to consistently get us to that sixth inning and beyond, then our bullpen sets up and we feel like our offense can take it from there. I believe they'll turn it around and get rolling again."

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Daniel Mengden needed just 102 pitches to throw his second career shutout, this time at the D-backs' expense. While using his changeup more than in any other start so far this season, he struck out struggling Snakes slugger Paul Goldschmidt three times among his 5 K's -- twice on fastballs.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Russell Martin was hitting just a buck-54 (with a .599 OPS) when he laced the first Blue Jays hit of the game on Aaron Nola's 113th pitch.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

In his no-hit bid through six before the rain delay, Aaron Nola has everything working, notching 10 strikeouts with four different pitches -- his four-seam and two-seam fastballs, his changeup and his curve, and getting six swinging K's with all but the two-seamer.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Cashman on Jacoby Ellsbury, who is currently working through a back injury in Tampa: "Everything that he's got has been diagnosed legitimately by a doctor. It's frustrating, without question, but it's also, upon diagnosis, there's a future expectation of a return to play. ... In every case (after the separate injuries Ellsbury has had since February), it's with the expectation that at some point, he'll push himself back into the mix."

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.