Baltimore Orioles

Orioles lose, 7-2, to Yankees on Opening Day as Andrew Cashner struggles out of gate

The Orioles fell behind quickly and never caught up Thursday in a 7-2 Opening Day loss to the New York Yankees — the gulf in 2019 ambitions between the two teams as wide as the gap in the score line before a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner (0-1), making his second career Opening Day start in place of the injured Alex Cobb, allowed a three-run home run to cleanup hitter Luke Voit in the first inning to put the Orioles down 3-0. after pitching his way out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing one run in the third inning, Cashner walked the first batter of the fifth, hit the next with a pitch and watched as they scored on Mike Wright's watch to complete his day.


The Orioles tried to chip away at the Yankees' early lead, with Rio Ruiz driving in a run on a fourth-inning single and Trey Mancini doubling for his third hit of the game in the sixth inning to drive in his team’s second run.

But there wasn’t much offense to match the Yankees’ firepower, and the Orioles (0-1) had to use two of their presumed starters — Wright and David Hess — to help clean up the innings remaining before they have a bullpen game Saturday, beginning with Nate Karns.


Wacky plays early, late

The Orioles might have threatened in the first inning were it not for a bit of bad luck. After a two-out single by Jonathan Villar, Mancini grounded a ball up the middle that hit Villar near second base for an automatic out.

That wasn’t the most unique out of the game, though. That was reserved for Hess’ seventh inning, when Gary Sánchez popped the 13th pitch of his at-bat up to the catcher.

The umpire called an infield fly, and it bounced off catcher Jesús Sucre’s glove and onto the infield grass. Ruiz picked the ball up and started a rundown that got Hess out of a one-out, two-on jam.

Big league debuts

Both of the Orioles’ Rule 5 draft picks — Richie Martin and Drew Jackson — made their major league debuts Thursday, with Martin going hitless with a strikeout in three plate appearances and Jackson beating out a potential double-play ball coming off the bench in the eighth inning.

More of the same

First baseman Chris Davis’ assignment to bat seventh didn’t produce the pressure-free results manager Brandon Hyde hoped for, as Davis struck out three times — twice swinging and once looking — in three at-bats.

Renato Núñez pinch-hit for Davis in the ninth inning.