03/11 10:12 CDT Yankees' Tanaka throws in simulated game
Yankees' Tanaka throws in simulated game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka has made his third start for
the New York Yankees in a simulated game.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out
nine of 18 batters he faced in four innings Tuesday. He gave up three hits,
including a solo homer, to a pair of minor leaguers.
Tanaka said through an interpreter that he worked on his split-finger pitch
during the outing.
This is the first time that Tanaka has pitched in the Yankees' simulated game
format, which uses only a pitcher, catcher and hitter.
In two spring training games, Tanaka has allowed one run, four hits and struck
out four over five innings.
He is expected to start the Yankees third or fourth regular-season game.