Masahiro Tanaka’s longest start of the Spring wasn’t brilliant, but it got the job done as the Yankees were able to defeat the Twins 5-4 at Hammond Stadium.
Tanaka, who was making his fourth appearance, went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six, bumping up his Spring ERA to an even 3.00.
The Yankees got most of their offense done in the fourth inning off Twins starter Kevin Correia with a wild pitch, a two-run double by Scott Sizemore and an RBI single by Zealous Wheeler. The fifth run came courtesy of an RBI single by Roybell Herrera in the seventh inning off reliever Anthony Swarzak.
Instant replay was available for this game and Joe Girardi took advantage of it in the third inning when Aaron Hicks was ruled safe on a stolen base attempt. The call was overturned after video showed Dean Anna tagging Hicks on his knee just before his foot got into second base. The overturned call proved to be huge, as the Twins loaded the bases before Josh Willingham flied out to end the inning.
– Michael Pineda will make his next start tomorrow afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field as the Yankees host their AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays. Pineda has had a phenomenal spring, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays. The game will air on MLB.TV and first pitch is at 1:05 p.m.