TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 and allowed three hits over six innings Friday night in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins.
It was the final spring training appearance for the Japanese star, who will make his first regular-season start next Friday in Toronto. He replaced starter Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning and struck out the first three batters he faced — Garrett Jones, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Derek Dietrich.
In five exhibition games, Tanaka gave up five runs and struck out 26 over 21 innings.
"I feel pretty good about him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "What he's done in spring training, the way he's adjusted. He's cleared every hurdle at spring training."
The right-hander signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading Rakuten to its first Japan Series title.
The Yankees were held hitless until Kelly Johnson had a leadoff double during a two-run eighth.
Marlins: Kevin Slowey had two strikeouts during three perfect innings.
Yankees: Kuroda allowed three hits and struck out four in three innings.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had an infield single and a single to center in five at-bats during a minor league intrasquad game.
Ellsbury, out the past two weeks due to right calf tightness, scored a run and played six innings of defense during his third minor league game over the last four days. He is expected to be ready for opening day Tuesday.
"I feel pretty confident," Ellsbury said. "Pretty much those last couple days got everything I needed to do."
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