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Tanaka Gets Victory in First MLB Start as Yankees Beat Blue Jays

Yankees Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees in the second inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 4, 2014. Photographer: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in seven innings and got the victory in his Major League Baseball debut as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 last night.

Tanaka, 25, settled down after allowing three runs in the first two innings -- including a home run by Melky Cabrera, the first batter he faced. He struck out eight and allowed six hits while not walking a batter.

Tanaka went 24-0 last season to lead the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japanese championship. He signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.

Yangervis Solarte had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for New York.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game in the second inning after straining his right hamstring while chasing a foul ball. Teixeira missed all but 15 games last season following surgery on his right wrist.

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