Derek Jeter had two hits that ended an 0-for-10 slide at the start of spring training and Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that the Japanese star will pitch in the road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.
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Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits and struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first spring training game for the New York Yankees.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, “I think that’s pretty safe to say” the Japanese right-hander will start game three or four.
“Obviously, I understand that some of the people are just going to look at the numbers of the game that I’m pitching in, but I’m not really too focused and worried about that,” Tanaka said Wednesday through an interpreter.
Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his debut Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the announcement Tuesday after New York beat Florida State University 8-3 on Tuesday.
The Yanks still have a rickety starting staff, too many variables in the bullpen, no one to replace A-Rod, an ancient Brian Roberts replacing Cano, an older, injury-plagued Jeter at short and a now-tender Teixeira at first base.
Masahiro Tanaka threw 25 pitches Friday morning at Steinbrenner Field, facing five batters for five pitches each. Austin Romine, tracking the ball in the batter’s box without swinging, watched five pitches go by and marveled.
The Yankees signed Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract on Jan. 22. As far as Yu Darvish is concerned, the Bronx Bombers paid too much money for his countryman.
These Bombers are — for the most part — nothing more than mercenaries, hired guns. And they will fire and kill their opponents with their quick bats, speed and power. But will it be all that special when they do?
While some Yankees fans engaged themselves in some minor hand-wringing over Masahiro Tanaka’s middle-distance running capabilities, just as many Mets fans wondered why on earth Ike Davis is still on the roster.
Rodriguez had used the stall just to the side of the back entrance of the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field. There was no nameplate on it Friday and no uniforms hanging inside.
Tanaka threw two- and four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. Cervelli estimated Tanaka threw at about 60 percent strength, and he said pitcher Ivan Nova and coaches were around for the session.