Nathan Eovaldi’s recent exile to the bullpen might have been widely viewed as a demotion, but he preferred to look at it as a tutorial to help him rediscover why the Yankees had believed so much in his promise.
“It’s just a different way of pitching down in the bullpen,” Eovaldi said recently. “You attack guys. You try to get them out on three pitches, and I feel like that’s the way I need to be when I’m starting, too.”
Whatever lessons Eovaldi learned in his brief sabbatical in the bullpen were put to good use Tuesday night when he returned to the rotation and shut out the Baltimore Orioles into the sixth inning of a 7-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.
While Eovaldi was holding the Orioles in check, Starlin Castro did the heavy lifting for the Yankees’ offense by driving in four runs with a home run and double, and reliever Anthony Swarzak and first baseman Rob Refsnyder…