Tanaka Gets Victory in First MLB Start as Yankees Beat Blue JaysRob Gloster
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.