Greg Bird activated from 60-day DL, back in Yankees' lineup

Solenn Plantier
Août 27, 2017

Greg Bird reached base three times in his long-awaited return to the Yankees' lineup and Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in four runs, leading Sonny Gray and NY over the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Saturday.

Playing in the majors for the first time since May 1, Bird reached base three times with a single and a pair of walks.

It comes on the heels of an 11-inning loss the night before and the fiasco in Detroit in which the Yankees fell, 10-6.

His offensive contribution Saturday was of immeasurable help to Yankees starter Sonny Gray, who had been supported by a total of only six runs in his previous four starts.

The nickname on the back of Jacoby Ellsbury's jersey for this so-called Players Weekend is Chief, a nod to his Native American heritage. Kyle Seager and Guillermo Heredia had RBI singles in the eighth inning for Seattle.

A Orioles 7, Red Sox 0: Kevin Gausman allowed four singles over 7 2⁄3 innings, Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and Baltimore beat host Boston easily for the second straight day.

Although Bird did not get the big hit in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, the first baseman enjoyed a successful return from his lengthy absence.

Dellin Betances pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

It didn't take long for the Aurora, Colo., native to start showing his stuff at the plate, registering a slash line of.288/.428/.511 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI across 573 plate appearances during his third minor-league season.

"It's tough, especially when I want to be in the lineup every day", Castro said. "We weren't sure about him", manager Joe Girardi said, adding, "we feel like we're getting a healthy player back". He makes 2-3 starts where we don't score any runs and he's just continues to go out and does what he's supposed to do. The 31-year-old was 12-3 in Triple-A when Atlanta traded him this month for cash.

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