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Tanaka strikes out 10, Yankees top Marlins 3-0

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 and allowed three hits over six innings Friday night in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

It was the final spring training appearance for the Japanese star, who will make his first regular-season start next Friday in Toronto. He replaced starter Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning and struck out the first three batters he faced - Garrett Jones, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Derek Dietrich.

In five exhibition games, Tanaka gave up five runs and struck out 26 over 21 innings.

''I feel pretty good about him,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''What he's done in spring training, the way he's adjusted. He's cleared every hurdle at spring training.''

The right-hander signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading Rakuten to its first Japan Series title.

The Yankees were held hitless until Kelly Johnson had a leadoff double during a two-run eighth.

STARTING TIME

Marlins: Kevin Slowey had two strikeouts during three perfect innings.

Yankees: Kuroda allowed three hits and struck out four in three innings.

JACOBY'S JOB

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had an infield single and a single to center in five at-bats during a minor league intrasquad game.

Ellsbury, out the past two weeks due to right calf tightness, scored a run and played six innings of defense during his third minor league game over the last four days. He is expected to be ready for opening day Tuesday.

''I feel pretty confident,'' Ellsbury said. ''Pretty much those last couple days got everything I needed to do.''

TEIXEIRA TIME

New York switch-hitter Mark Teixeira has struggled from the left side this spring.

Turns out, hitting coach Kevin Long discovered that Teixeira was letting his hand off the bat too soon when swinging. Teixeira is coming back from right wrist surgery last July.

''It was something I didn't know I was doing,'' Teixeira said. ''I was protecting my swing the way I was doing last year when I was hurt. I think it was the bad habits I got into last year.''

With his mechanics improving, Teixeira is nearing another goal.

''I wanted to leave spring training feeling really healthy, and knock on wood, tomorrow I'll do that,'' he said.

BRONX BULLPEN

Girardi announced that right-hander Dallin Balances and left-hander Vidal Nuno will be in the bullpen with closer David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton, David Phelps and Adam Warren.

Also, Dean Anna will be a backup infielder, with Brendan Ryan starting the season on the disabled list due to back spasms. The status of reserve infielder Eduardo Nunez is in limbo entering the final day of camp Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Manager Mike Redmond said shortstop Aden He Chavarria (groin tightness) could play five innings in Saturday's game.

MOVES

The Marlins recalled infielder Donovan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans. He will take the roster spot of infielder Ed Lucas, who broke his left hand in Thursday's game and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Yankees signed right-hander Alfredo Aceves to a minor league contract. He will be in the rotation at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

M. Tanaka
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 10
Miami

C. Yelich
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF3020011 .286
   Brian Bogusevic, LF1000000 .170
Jeff Baker, 2B3010012 .279
   Austin Nola, 3B1000000 .308
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000023 .267
   Matt Angle, RF1010000 .345
Garrett Jones, 1B3000022 .200
   Greg Dobbs, 1B1000011 .235
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010021 .180
   Cameron Flynn, PR0000000 .000
Derek Dietrich, DH4000012 .320
Casey McGehee, 3B3000011 .254
   Juan Diaz, SS1000002 .391
Marcell Ozuna, CF3000021 .177
   Isaac Galloway, CF0000000 .000
Donovan Solano, SS2010000 .320
   Alfredo Lopez, 2B1000010 .000
Kevin Slowey, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals34060014  
Batting
2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2, Kuroda)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Casey McGehee (2, Missed catch of throw), Donovan Solano (1, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Slowey 3000020 2.20
Carlos Marmol (L,0-1) 1010210 2.45
Dan Jennings 1000020 0.00
A.J. Ramos 1000010 1.64
Mike Dunn 1000020 4.00
Steve Cishek 1322000 5.40
WP - Steve Cishek (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 13-13, Carlos Marmol 14-6, Dan Jennings 7-7, A.J. Ramos 5-5, Mike Dunn 7-7, Steve Cishek 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 1-6, Carlos Marmol 3-0, Dan Jennings 1-0, A.J. Ramos 2-0, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 9, Carlos Marmol 6, Dan Jennings 3, A.J. Ramos 3, Mike Dunn 3, Steve Cishek 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF3100010 .306
   Yangervis Solarte, LF1011000 .429
Derek Jeter, SS2000110 .137
   Dean Anna, SS1000000 .262
Carlos Beltran, RF3000012 .275
   Adonis Garcia, RF0000000 .441
Mark Teixeira, 1B2000120 .086
   Jose Gil, 1B0000000 .222
Brian McCann, C2001000 .200
   Francisco Cervelli, C1000010 .405
Alfonso Soriano, DH3000002 .238
Kelly Johnson, 3B3010010 .267
   Eduardo Nunez, PR-2B0100000 .265
Brian Roberts, 2B3011010 .279
   Antoan Richardson, PR-CF0100000 .259
Ichiro Suzuki, CF3000001 .240
   Ali Castillo, 3B0000000 .000
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .000
   Masahiro Tanaka, P0000000 .000
Totals2733328  
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (4, Cishek)
RBI - Yangervis Solarte (9), Brian McCann (6), Brian Roberts (3)
SB - Brett Gardner 2 (4, 2nd base off Marmol/Saltalamacchia), Antoan Richardson (3, 2nd base off Cishek/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Yangervis Solarte (1, 2nd base by Cishek/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Eduardo Nunez (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 3300040 4.76
Masahiro Tanaka (W,2-0) 63000100 2.14
WP - Masahiro Tanaka (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 20-20, Masahiro Tanaka 43-42
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 4-1, Masahiro Tanaka 5-4
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 12, Masahiro Tanaka 22
Game Information
Attendance - 10581
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Clint Fagan