TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka knows that first appearance in a spring training game for the New York Yankees will be scrutinized.
Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda will follow starter CC Sabathia in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia at Steinbrenner Field. All three are expected to throw two innings or 35 pitches.
Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title.
He says he’s getting into rhythm and getting used to things.
SOURCE: Associated Press