Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mixed results for Yankees' Tanaka in second spring appearance

The New York Yankees endured a long rain delay this afternoon in Clearwater, Fl. before sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound for his second appearance and first start of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tanaka completed three innings, allowing one run on a home run by Freddy Galvis. He gave up one more hit, a double to Marlon Byrd. Tanaka struck out one and walked none. His first-inning strike out of Chase Utley came on a nasty splitter after bouncing a couple of others well in front of the plate earlier in the inning.

Tanaka's demeanor on the mound showed promise and poise. He seemed completely unfazed by waiting out the weather or by allowing the homer to Galvis. Tanaka appears to have the attitude required of a pitcher when allowing a run; work on the next batter and finish the inning.

Despite giving up the homer and the double, Tanaka looks like he is on the right track so far this spring. I've seen nothing in his five innings thus far which indicate he cannot handle MLB hitters. I imagine the Yankees are happy with the results so far.

Derek Jeter collected his first two hits of the spring, a single and double, ending a 0-10 skid.

Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano made their first appearances of the spring. Each went 0-3, with Soriano striking out in all three plate appearances.

The Yankees staged a late-inning comeback to win the game 4-3.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo. Connect with Chris on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and LinkedIn.