Tanaka solid in first start as Yanks win 7-3 over Blue Jays

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It was an inauspicious start to Masahiro Tanaka‘s career in the Major Leagues. He gave up three runs in the first two innings and it left many fans wondering if Tanaka had his prized pitch, the splitter. But he was able to give the Yankees seven effective innings and in the end he surely didn’t disappoint as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-3 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Tanaka went seven innings giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out eight. After the second inning, Tanaka retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. Matt Thornton and Dellin Betances pitched the eighth inning and Betances came out for the ninth. Unfortunately, Betances didn’t have the command, forcing Girardi to go to the bullpen to get his closer David Robertson. Robertson retired the final three hitters of the game to shut the door and give the Yankees their second win of the season.

The offense came out of the gate in the first inning against Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan with a Carlos Beltran single to score Jacoby Ellsbury and a Mark Teixeira single to score Brett Gardner. Teixeira would later leave the game in the second inning with a strained hamstring. Yangervis Solarte, who was making his second start of the season, had a two-run double in the fourth inning, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Brian McCann followed with an RBI single scoring Ellsbury. Brett Gardner had his second RBI of the season in the eighth as he plated Dean Anna off Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar. Yangervis Solarte  had his second double of the game in the ninth, scoring Ichiro Suzuki who was making the start in right field for the slumping Alfonso Soriano.

What’s Next?

Michael Pineda will make his season debut against the Yankees as the Yankees attempt to get their third straight win of the season. R.A. Dickey will take the mound for the Blue Jays. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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