Mar 23, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) in the dugout against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Masahiro Tanaka debut: Yankees pitcher gives up home run to first batter he faces against Blue Jays

Friday night marked the long-awaited debut of the New York Yankees latest high-priced acquisition, Japanese ace, Masahiro Tanaka. In the fourth game of the season for the Yankees, it was finally time for the Yankees and the fans to see what he had to bring to the table for the Bronx Bombers.

Well, that didn’t get off to the best start as Tanaka was taken deep to right field by the first Toronto Blue Jays batter he faced, who ironically enough was former Yankee Melky Cabrera.

Tanaka hung the pitch right over the plate and Cabrera took advantage as he’s done to many other pitchers in the past, and it was about as rude of a welcome to the Major Leagues as anyone could have asked for.

There is good news, however.

After giving up the bomb, Tanaka showed a lot of poise in shaking off the homer and retiring the next Blue Jays batters that he faced, so hopefully now he is completely settled in.

But still, what were the Las Vegas odds that his first batter would take him deep?

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