Yankees 7, Braves 4: Tanaka Solid in Opening Day Tuneup

KISSIMMEE, FL – Masahiro Tanaka threw five solid innings as he gets himself lined up for the Opening Day start at Yankee Stadium.

His lone blemish was a Nick Markakis solo homer allowed in the fourth inning. Otherwise, he allowed just one other hit and two walks while recording seven strikeouts. He also recorded six groundouts to one flyout.

Adam Ottavino struggled with his command, as he faced six batters and could only record two outs. He yielded two hits and two walks before hitting his pitch limit, with one run coming around to score. Stephen Tarpley entered with the bases loaded and allowed two runs to score when the next batter singled to left.

The last two innings were played largely with the players from minor-league camp, as Phillip Diehl and Daniel Alvarez pitching the final two innings.

Luke Voit continued his strong spring, hitting his fourth homer of the spring in the second inning. Later in the inning, Tyler Wade doubled and Gio Urshela walked. Both moved up on a double-steal then came around to score on a Ryan Lavarnway single.

In the fifth, Lavarnway doubled and Brett Gardner singled him to third. Aaron Judge, who’s yet to hit a single this spring, followed by rocketing a triple into the right-center field gap to score both. Later in the inning, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu both walked. Austin Romine singled to score Judge and Pablo Olivares (running for Stanton) to cap off scoring.


  • The big news of the evening came during the game, as the Yankees reportedly came to an agreement with veteran lefty Gio González on a minor-league deal.
  • Dellin Betances was supposed to get a start on the Yankees minor-league side today as the team tries to help him catch up with his velocity. The 30-year-old reported to camp late as his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Betances averaged 97.7 mph on his four-seam fastball in 2018, but did not clock higher than 92 mph in his latest outing against Philadelphia. Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects reported Betances did not show up, stoking fears of an injury shutting the righty down. However, it was a false alarm. Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reported late Monday that there was a change to Betances plan, but the public schedule was never updated.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury reappeared and gave some brief comments to the media. He explained that he had been playing with plantar fasciitis for years, and noted it “almost feels like I have a new leg” after his hip surgery. He’s not close to ready to contribute to the Yankees, but told reporters that he was “headed in the right direction”.
  • Luis Severino is set to start throwing again Wednesday, per Kuty. He was set to be shut down for two weeks after inflammation was discovered in his right rotator cuff. Severino was scratched from his first Grapefruit League start March 5, so he will have gone exactly two weeks without throwing come Wednesday.
  • Aroldis Chapman, Domingo Germán, Jonathan Holder and CC Sabathia each threw bullpen sessions today in Tampa. [Kuty]

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