Storylines: Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is heading to the DL

NY catcher Gary Sanchez had to leave the game in the fifth with a right biceps strain and was replaced by Austine Romine.

Yankees prospect Kyle Higashioka, a seventh-round draft pick in 2008, finally got his call-up to the majors when C Gary Sanchez was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday.

It was hard to be optimistic on Saturday, after Sanchez felt his biceps grab during a fifth-inning at-bat at Camden Yards. He was diagnosed with a biceps strain and a timetable for his return remains unknown.

Mychal Givens let NY (2-4) tie the game in the eighth inning when he surrendered a solo home run to Judge to lead off the frame.

Asked if he was concerned about the severity of the injury, manager Joe Girardi said, "Of course".

Sanchez made a splash after his promotion from the minors a year ago, hitting.299 with 20 homers and 42 RBIs in only 53 games.

Before a 5-4 loss Saturday to the Baltimore Orioles, Bird, the heir apparent to Teixeira at first base, was scratched from the lineup with soreness in his right foot, which he had hurt late in spring training by bouncing a foul ball off it. The manager hopes to be able to start Bird in Monday's home opener. CC Sabathia starts for NY.

So far this season, Orioles relievers have thrown 16 2/3 scoreless innings, and the team is 4-0 for the second straight season. Standing at 6-1 while weighing just over 200 pounds, the up-and-comer will now play alongside the Yankees' presumed starter in Austin Romine. "I feel good after five games that we've gotten everybody kind of into the flow a little bit, and they'll seek their level, which is pretty good, as we go forward". After pulling off comeback victories in the first two games of the series, Baltimore blew a three-run lead in the finale.

O'Day, who walked three batters, wouldn't say he got squeezed; he called some of his balls pitcher's pitches and "borderline" calls that certainly aren't compulsory strike calls for an umpire. Maikel Franco, Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph each had two RBIs while the Nationals set a team mark for runs allowed in an inning.

Girardi said he toyed with the idea of using Bird at first for defense in the ninth inning when the Yankees went ahead.

The Baltimore Orioles rank fifth most in one-run games since 2014, and trail just one team in the American League for most wins decided by just one run.

COMING UP: The Orioles host the Yankees on April 9 at 1:35 p.m. Left-hander Wade Miley will come off the disabled list to make the start and face left-hander CC Sabathia (1-0, 0.00).

In the top of the sixth, the Yankees got on the board with a two-run RBI triple by Ronald Torreyes.

  • Salvatore Jensen