The bulbs flashed and the cameras clicked as Tanaka debuted for the Yankees. Two pitches later, Ruf singled into center field on an 0-2 fastball that caught a lot of the plate.
Two pitches later, Tanaka induced a pop-up to right field on a sinker. The next batter was retired on five pitches on a fly-ball to right, as well. His first strikeout came to Cesar Hernandez, after going 3-2, having one pitched fouled off, and then inducing a foul tip into the glove of Brian McCann on a 94 MPH fastball.
The first inning of Masahiro Tanaka in Yankees’ Spring Training consisted of 17 pitches, decent fastball command, and a breaking ball with a strong, sharp hook. The splitter was also as good as advertised, inducing a couple of swings and misses. 17 pitches, one hit, no walks, one strikeout. It’s just one inning in Spring Training, but that’s not a bad sight for Yankees’ fans to see.
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