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Masahiro Tanaka pitches surrendered five hits and a walk Saturday in his fourth spring appearance for the Yankees.
Masahiro Tanaka pitches surrendered five hits and a walk Saturday in his fourth spring appearance for the Yankees.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Saturday in a spring training game.

Facing a close approximation of the Twins’ opening-day lineup, Tanaka yielded five hits and a walk in 5 1-3 innings. The high-priced Japanese star walked just one, Joe Mauer in the third inning, and struck out six before a Hammond Stadium sellout crowd of 9,298.

This was the fourth appearance of the spring for Tanaka, who allowed one run in 4 1-3 innings against the Atlanta Braves his previous outing.

Pirates 5, Phillies 3

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche each homered Saturday, but Pittsburgh rallied for a victory over Philadelphia.

Rollins and Howard went deep in the first inning against right-hander Stolmy Pimentel. Asche broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a long homer to right field.

Pimentel, who will begin the season as the Pirates’ long reliever and spot starter, worked five innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He had three strikeouts.

Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched 5 1-3 innings against his former team and allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked six and struck out two.

Mets 10, Marlins (ss) 2

JUPITER, Fla. — Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a two-run homer, leading New York Mets to a rout of a Miami split-squad.

Wilmer Flores had a three-run homer among his three hits and drove in four runs, and Chris Young was 3 for 3 for New York.

Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed two runs and five hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.

Nationals 6, Marlins (ss) 5

VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings in only his second spring training start and Danny Espinosa hit two home runs, his second a game-ending shot that lifted Washington to a win over a Miami split-squad.

Fister, who was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow following his March 2 spring debut, struck out four and only allowed two hits. He has one more Grapefruit League start to make before it will be determined whether he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Marcel Ozuna hit solo homer off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano and drove in two runs for the Marlins. Donovan Solano also had two RBIs.

Braves 6, Red Sox 3

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Freddie Freeman was 4 for 4, Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla each homered as Atlanta beat Boston.

Alex Wood allowed one run and six hits over six innings while striking out four. It was the first earned run the left-hander has allowed in 20 innings this spring.

Uggla’s homer was a two-run drive in the fifth inning and Red Sox starter John Lackey was relieved one batter later after allowing five runs and 10 hits. Lackey struck out six.

Freeman followed an RBI double in the first inning with three straight singles as he raised his average for the spring to .356.

Rays 3, Orioles 3

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in seven innings as Tampa Bay and Baltimore played to a 10-inning tie.

Delmon Young homered, singled and picked a catch off the top of the left field wall with the tying run on base in the eighth inning for the Orioles.

Young led off the second with the first spring home run against Cobb, who gave up six hits in his third start. Cobb struck out the side in the first inning and 67 of 88 pitches for strikes.

James Loney hit his second home run for the Rays in the first inning, driving in the only two runs off Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jiminez.

In his third spring start, Jiminez gave up five hits and a walk in six innings.

Cardinals 5, Astros 2

Matt Adams homered among his two hits and drove in three runs, leading St. Louis past Houston.

Michael Wacha gave up two runs in seven innings, his longest outing of the spring. He allowed two runs and struck out eight without allowing a walk.

“I’m pretty happy with how it’s going,” Wacha said. I am just stretching myself out. I’ll be ready in two weeks.”

Blue Jays 9, Tigers 4

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Colby Rasmus drove in two runs and Toronto beat Detroit.

Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes left the game after the third inning due to tightness in his left hamstring. Reyes said his exit was just a precaution and insisted that he is fine.

Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and an RBI for the Tigers.

Encarnacion connected off Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein in a five-run first inning, which included a solo shot to right field by Moises Sierra and an RBI double from Melky Cabrera. It was Encarnacion’s third home run of the spring.

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