FORT MYERS, FL— Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. He finished spring training with a 3.07 ERA in four starts. He missed 2 1/2 months last season because of a small elbow ligament tear but has had no problems this spring.
Escobar, who appears bound to be the Twins utility infielder, went 2 for 4.
Neither team started many of its projected opening day starters. Brett Gardner went 1 for 2 with a walk for the Yankees.
Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed a run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.