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DJ LeMahieu Makes Yankees Debut against Orioles

Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 PM ET

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DJ LeMahieu makes his Yankees debut playing third base and batting ninth against the Orioles.

Today's lineup has LeMahieu playing third base so Miguel Andujar will be the designated hitter and Luke Voit will start at first base while Greg Bird sits on the bench.

The Yankees signed LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal in the offseason and he can also fill in at first and second.

LeMahieu, a two-time National League All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner over seven seasons with the Rockies, won the National League batting title with a .348 average in 2016 and is a career .298 hitter.

He hit .276 with a career-high 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in 128 games last season and he can make hard contact and drive the ball up the middle or to right-center field, which can help his production at Yankee Stadium.

Also making his Yankees debut will be left-hander James Paxton, who was acquired from the Mariners for a package of three players, including top-rated pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with two complete games and one shutout in 28 starts for the Mariners last season.

The one concern with him is that he's been on the disabled list five times in the last three seasons, although he set a career-high with 160 1/3 innings and collected his first 200-strikeout season with 208 last year.

James Paxton gave up two earned runs on six hits (one home run) with 10 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings to get a win in his only start against the Orioles last season.

The Yankees won the series opener 7-2 on Thursday's MLB Opening Day, with Masahiro Tanaka allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks over 5 2/3 innings to get the win. Luke Voit went 1-for-1 with a home run and four RBIs and Greg Bird hit a solo home run.

The Orioles will turn to Nate Karns, who was 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in nine appearances (eight starts) with the Royals last season.

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