Masahiro Tanaka took the mound for Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs and got the Yankees off on the right foot as he struck out 10 in a 3-0 victory at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx.
Tanaka went above and beyond, going eight scoreless innings while giving up two hits and striking out ten, breaking Al Leiter‘s record of striking out the most batters in their first three MLB starts; Leiter had 25 while Tanaka has 28. Shawn Kelley took the ball in the 9th inning and recorded his fifth save of the season while Yankees closer David Robertson sits on the disabled list.
The Yankees scored their first run in the first inning on a home run by Carlos Beltran. In the bottom of the 4th, Dean Anna hit a sacrifice fly to score Brian McCann and in the fifth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to score Brett Gardner.
– Don’t go anywhere because Game 2 is coming up at 7:05 p.m.! Michael Pineda gets the start for the Yankees and Travis Wood gets the start for the Cubs. The game will air on My9–and if you see multiple No. 42′s, don’t be alarmed. Yankees are just celebrating Jackie Robinson Day.