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.