After CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, Luis Severino was the one given the No. 4 spot late in the spring.
The Yankees' bullpen kept up its scoreless streak, but Girardi's club lost two-of-three from the Rays (2-1) to open the season.
A year ago, Rays first baseman Logan Morrison had to wait 28 games until May 16 to get his first RBI of the season. The inauspicious beginning seemed to hint toward the former.
Five relievers finished the five-hitter with Aroldis Chapman, back with the Yankees after agreeing to an $86 million, five-year contract, threw a ideal ninth. Pineda fanned Tim Beckham, tossed a wild pitch to allow the runners to move up, then managed a grounder from Mallex Smith.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr.as he tries to score on a fielder's choice by Mallex Smith during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Stroman is 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA in four career starts at Tropicana Field. Norris stole second and scored on a Dickerson single to make the score 4-1.
Derailed by a awful bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way - even after trying to fix the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract as a free agent.
Pineda evaded trouble from there, but Joe Girardi exercised a quick hook in pulling him in favor of Tommy Layne in the fourth.
Pineda was charged with four runs on eight hits Wednesday night, with no walks and six strikeouts.
"I think his (Sanchez's) at-bats have been good". He just gave up too much hard contact, and, ultimately, too many runs. "They fouled a lot of pitches off". Torreyes had to reach for a double high-five after crossing the plate.
Torreyes had just crushed a two-run homer on Tuesday night, driving in Judge ahead of him - providing that moment between the shortest and tallest players on the Yankees' roster.
"We want them to stay, we don't want them to go anywhere". Pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Sabathia allowed eight runs, three of them earned, on nine hits in just four innings. He is now hitting.083 to begin the 2017 campaign. The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, so the group will have a chance to rest, but this was the third straight game where a Yankee starter didn't last deep into the game and tasked the bullpen with covering significant innings. Kevin Kiermaier singled, which put Dickerson on third, but made an ill-advised attempt to steal second and was cut down by Sanchez to end the inning.
PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants.
Sanchez has started off the 2017 Major League Baseball season quite cold, going just 1-for-14 in his first three games of the season.
The Rays, after getting 13 hits in Sunday's opener, had five singles Tuesday, only one of them making it out of the infield.
The Yankees got the leadoff man in the ninth when Jacoby Ellsbury singled off Colome's glove, but Starlin Castro grounded into a double play.