Tanaka set for pre-season debut with Yankees


TAMPA: Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka makes his first game appearance for the New York Yankees on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when they host Philadelphia in a Major League Baseball pre-season game. Three weeks before the six-month major league campaign begins with games in Australia, the 25-year-old right-hander will enter the game in the fifth inning in a relief effort. While Tanaka is expected to command a key spot in the Yankees’ starting lineup, the relief appearance is designed to provide a brief look at how he is handling pre-season workouts with an eye to starting assignments later in March.



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