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Tanaka To Throw 2 Innings Or 35 Pitches Against Phillies On Saturday

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Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw batting practice during the morning workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 21, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw batting practice during the morning workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 21, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his New York Yankees debut Saturday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the announcement Tuesday after New York beat Florida State University 8-3 on Tuesday.

Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Japan Series title.

Tanaka and Hiroki Kuorda will follow starter CC Sabathia in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia at Steinbrenner Field.

Girardi said with off days, it gets kind of tricky lining up the rotation and that having all three pitch the same day is how pitching coach Larry Rothschild set things up.

All three are expected to throw two innings or 35 pitches.

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