​Times like these have not come along often thus far in 2018: Greg Bird has a positive headline.

With the Orioles up 2-0 in the fifth inning, Bird hit a mammoth three-run home run off starter Andrew Cashner to put the Yankees up by a run.

Bird has not lived up to expectations since his debut in 2015, hitting .220 for his career with just 25 home runs before that deep fly to right field. 


Bird has not played more than 48 games in a season. He missed all of 2016 due to injury and played in only 46 games in his debut season. He's on track to set a career high in games played in 2018, as Tuesday marks his 37th game at the season's halfway point.

The ​Yankees have not had many alternatives for Bird at first base, as Neil Walker has hit just .194 off the bench and ​Brandon Drury has missed time due to injury.


He may have hit a shot on Tuesday, but don't hold your breath, Yankees fans: first base is still an issue for the Bronx Bombers.