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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
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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.


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.


“I felt that I was a little nervous,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. Tanaka said he was “relieved” that he got “to be able to throw against the batters over here.”


Tanaka gave up a line single to Darin Ruf, the first batter he faced, while Ronny Cedeno flared a single in the sixth.


Pirates 2, Rays 2, 10 innings


BRADENTON, Fla. — Wandy Rodriguez had a solid spring training debut while facing major league batters for the first time in nearly nine months for Pittsburgh.


Rodriguez worked one inning for the Pirates, did not allow a hit and struck out two. It was a good first step back for the left-hander, who missed most of last season due to persistent forearm pain.


Rays left-hander David Price tossed 1 2-3 innings and allowed one run on one hit.


The Pirates made three errors, including a booted grounder by shortstop Robert Andino that led to an unearned run. Clint Barmes had an RBI double and Russell Martin hit a solo home run.


Marlins (ss) 9, Mets 1


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Reed Johnson hit a two-run single to highlight a five-run sixth inning as the Miami Marlins’ split-squad team beat the New York Mets.


Lucas Duda hit a towering homer to right-center field for the Mets’ lone run in the fourth.


Duda is competing with Ike Davis to be New York’s first baseman. Davis hit a home run against Washington on Friday.


Twins 6, Red Sox 2


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Parmelee’s three-run homer off left-handed reliever Jose Mijares broke open a close game in the sixth inning on Saturday, and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Boston Red Sox.


Parmelee hit just .172 against lefties last year. He opened the season as the Twins’ everyday right fielder but gradually lost playing time until being sent back to Triple-A at the All-Star break.


Orioles 9, Blue Jays 7


ARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Davis hit a two-run double, scoring Nelson Cruz in his Orioles debut and helping Baltimore beat the Toronto Blue Jays.


Cruz, who signed with the Orioles on Monday, walked and scored from first on Davis’ double.


In his first game of the spring, Davis, who led the majors with 53 home runs last season, was 1 for 3.


Tigers 5, Astros 1


LAKELAND, Fla. — Scott Feldman pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start for Houston, allowing only one hit in the Astros’ loss to the Detroit Tigers.


Austin Jackson had two hits for Detroit, which scored all five runs in the fourth inning.


Marlins (ss) 5, Cardinals 4


JUPITER, Fla. — Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed one hit in two shutout innings Saturday as a split squad of Miami Marlins beat St. Louis.


Lynn is coming off his first season of pitching at least 200 innings. He says he hasn’t experienced any ill effects following that workload.


The Marlins won on Avery Romero’s game-ending single in the ninth.

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