KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka pitched 3 2-3 shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on March 18.
Tanaka gave up two hits and struck out three without a walk in his second spring start, both against Atlanta. He threw two perfect innings last week. Tanaka said his arm felt fine and that he’ll be ready to begin the season.
“Overall everything was good,” he said through is translator. “It’s my second start and it was as good as my first start. It just seems like everything was working.”
Tanaka got off to an All-Star start last year during his first season in the majors. The Japanese right-hander later missed 2 1/2 months because of a partially torn ligament in his elbow.
Brian McCann and Stephen Drew both homered off Braves reliever James Russell. Didi Gregorius went 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer for the Braves. New catcher A.J. Pierzynski got a hit and raised his spring average to .471.
Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Source: The National Herald