Tanaka goes scoreless in spring debut with Yankees

Tanaka goes scoreless in spring debut with Yankees
March 1, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Masahiro Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January with the New York Yankees. (AP IMAGES)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched two shutout innings in his spring training debut, allowing two hits and striking out three as New York Yankees blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Saturday.

The Japanese star entered in the fifth inning, following CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Some fans stood when Tanaka took the mound.

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Both Sabathia and Kuroda threw two shutout innings.

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.

Tanaka features a sharp split-fingered fastball. He struck out All-Star Domonic Brown in the sixth.

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