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Tanaka allows 1 run, Yankees beat Braves 7-4

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and three hits over 4 1-3 innings Sunday in the New York Yankees' 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out six and walked two. The Japanese star gave up an RBI double to Tommy La Stella in the fourth.

''I wanted to keep the number of pitches a little bit lower today,'' Tanaka said through a translator after a 74-pitch outing. ''But the result of just giving up one run I am pretty satisfied with.''

Tanaka had success with a number of pitches, including a dominant splitter.

''When you get swing-and-miss stuff, and you can attack the zone with four different pitches, it's special,'' New York catcher Brian McCann said.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left after two innings with a bruised left thumb. He took a hard-hit ball off his hand while playing defense.

''It's precautionary,'' Freeman said.

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to right calf tightness. General manager Brian Cashman said he thinks the injury is a minor one.

Ichiro Suzuki replaced Ellsbury at the top of the lineup and had two hits, including an RBI single, off Braves starter Julio Teheran.

STARTING TIME

Braves: Teheran went four innings, giving up one run, five hits and one walk while striking out five. He didn't allow a run over nine innings in his previous three starts.

''Outstanding,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''He mixed his pitches well. He had a little jam there in the first inning with the meat of their order coming up and got out of that jam, punched out a couple guys. He did a nice job, he really did.''

Yankees: Tanaka has allowed two runs and seven hits while striking out 10 over 9 1-3 innings in three spring training games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Infielder Tyler Pastornicky (left knee surgery) had four at-bats in a minor league game and could play for Atlanta on Friday.

Gonzalez has not completely ruled out Pastornicky for opening day.

''You hate to say no,'' Gonzalez said. ''You never know. I think the biggest thing is to make sure he's getting out of here healthy.''

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, slowed by a sore knee, was hitless in three at-bats.

Catcher Ryan Doumit left in the second with a bruised right middle finger, the result of taking Pete O'Brien's foul ball off his hand. He immediately walked to the dugout after being struck.

''It's tough,'' Freeman said of his teammate. ''It was clean. Hopefully he's OK. He was in high spirits before he left here, so hopefully it's good news.''

Yankees: Shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who left following the fifth inning after Minnesota's Chris Colabello kicked him in the left thigh while sliding into second Friday, went 2 for 3.

Infielder Brendan Ryan (lower back) could return Wednesday.

Reliever Andrew Bailey, coming back from right shoulder surgery last July, expects to increase his throwing from 90 to 120 feet in about a week. The Yankees think he might return in August or September.

McCANN'S MEMORIES

McCann went 1 for 3, including a two-run double, in his first game against his former team.

''I was real excited to come to the park today,'' he said. ''Getting to see a lot of guys I've spent a lot of years with, had special bonds with. I really enjoyed my time there.''

McCann signed an $85 million, five-year contract with New York in December.

ROSTER MOVE

The Yankees optioned left-hander Manny Banuelos to Class-A Tampa.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

R. Flores
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

T. La Stella
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward , RF3110100.350.409.600
B.J. Upton , CF4021022.297.366.351
Freddie Freeman , 1B1000011.343.425.486
  Ernesto Mejia , 1B3000023.314.368.514
Justin Upton , LF4111012.156.250.281
Ryan Doumit , C1000010.219.286.313
Dan Uggla , 2B3100110.226.405.419
Tommy La Stella , 2B3111100.293.383.390
Andrelton Simmons , SS3000011.250.286.300
Tyler Greene , SS4020020.214.313.214
Christian Bethancourt , C3000010.176.176.176
Elmer Reyes , SS0000000.304.333.348
Todd Cunningham , CF1001002.200.222.440
Joey Terdoslavich , RF1000012.143.294.286
Totals3447431313  
BATTING
2B - J Heyward (1); T La Stella (4)
HR - J Upton (1)
RBI - B Upton (2); J Upton (4); T La Stella (5); T Cunningham (6)
BASERUNNING
SB - B Upton (4)
Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran 4.05111500.69
Atahualpa Severino (L,1-2) 0.135520020.77
Anthony Varvaro 1.24101106.75
John Cornely 1.00000000.00
David Carpenter 1.00000001.29
New York Yankees
Ichiro Suzuki , RF3121101.185.267.222
Eduardo Nunez , SS3120102.286.310.500
  Carmen Angelini , SS1000000.000.000.000
Mark Teixeira , 1B2000114.143.368.214
Brian McCann , C3012013.269.367.462
  Kyle Roller , 1B1100010.000.200.000
Kelly Johnson , 2B3110013.296.406.519
Ramon Flores , LF3221001.269.310.423
Pete O'Brien , C2100121.000.063.000
  Wes Wilson , C-DH10100001.0001.0001.000
Mason Williams , CF2011000.136.160.227
Ali Castillo , 2B4000005.000.000.000
Francisco Arcia , C2000001.231.333.615
Rob Segedin , 3B1010000.250.250.250
Benjamin Gamel , LF1010000.250.250.250
Brandon Thomas , CF1000003.000.000.000
Taylor Dugas , RF1000000.000.000.000
Totals3471254624  
BATTING
2B - I Suzuki (1); B McCann (2)
RBI - I Suzuki (3); B McCann 2 (4); R Flores (5); M Williams (4)
SF - M Williams (2)
BASERUNNING
SB - E Nunez (1)
New York Yankees
Masahiro Tanaka 4.13112601.93
Matt Thornton (W,1-0) 0.221100011.57
Shawn Kelley 1.00000202.08
Shane Greene 2.01110413.60
Dellin Betances 1.01111101.00