BALTIMORE – Zach Britton saved over 139 games for the Orioles in six seasons.
On Friday he had the chance to get his first copy as Yankee at Camden Yards.
With Aroldis Chapman On the disabled list with left-sided tendinitis, Aaron Boone said he did not expect to leave the tighter role to one helper before the match.
"In the short term, I think we'll just play it day after day," Boone said.
Friday was Britton's game and he could earn the rescue, even though he allowed Chris Davis a solo homer in a 7-5, 10-inning win.
"It was weird," said Britton. "It was nice to get into a safe situation, but it was strange for the guys."
The Orioles showed Britton on the scoreboard during the game and he waved off the bullpen, but his true return came in the bottom position after the Yankees took the lead in the inning with Homer's Neers from Neil Walker and Luke Voit. Abandoned after five runs in four exits, Britton stepped out of three strong performances on Friday, allowing only one hit and no three innings back when he returns from Achilles tendon surgery in December.
He handed over a leadoff single to Adam Jones ̵
"It feels pretty good," said the left-hander. It's not always easy, I know that. "
Before the game, Boone said Britton, Dellin Betances and David Robertson were candidates to end Chapman's absence.
"We have the luxury of having three people in Dellin, Zach and [Robertson] who have done all this and done so on a very high level," said Boone. "It will not be a strange or unique position for them, depending on the game situation we will use them as we see fit."
Chapman received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Friday and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Later, all three of his potential candidates came into play.
Robertson, who felt a certain tenderness in his right shoulder, which prevented him from throwing most of the week, returned and gave a two-two, two-homer to Jonathan Villar in the seventh inning. The runs were undeserved after Gleyber Torres had extended the inning in shortstop.
Betances has been thriving lately, throwing a goalless eighth.
After Chad Green had achieved a perfect ninth place, Britton stepped in and Boone called Britton's "sinker" electric. "
" I've felt better in the last few appearances, "Britton said," but I still make a bad sound and it gets hit. The movement returns to where it was.
And as he gets further removed from the offseason process, the left-hander expects more success.
"I'm not anywhere near where I want to go." Right now, "Britton said. "I think the Yankees knew that when they bought me, I still had a long way to go back from the operation, but there were some good flashes in [have]."