Thursday, March 12, 2015

Recap: Yankees 3, Braves 2

Masahiro Tanaka tossed two shutout innings and the Yankees rallied back from a late 2-1 deficit to beat the Braves, 3-2, Thursday night in Tampa.

Tanaka Perfect in Spring Debut: Besides only throwing 19 pitches, Tanaka retired each of the six Braves he faced on the evening -- striking out two with his signature splitter. Major-leaguers Freddie Freeman and Johnny Gomes were the victims of those punchouts -- Freeman having gone down looking and Gomes swinging.

Baker Bounces Back: Scott Baker wasn't great in his last outing against the Astros, but certainly seemed to have better control in this one. In three innings on the mound following Tanaka's removal, Baker surrendered just two hits and a run with a pair of strikeouts -- impressively sitting down seven consecutive at one point.

Gregorius Triples in Third: Didi Gregorius lined a triple to the left-center field gap to lead off the bottom of the third, crossing home on a Brett Gardner fielder's choice shortly afterwards. Gregorius then took a fastball to the thigh in his next at-bat in the fifth, but said after the game that he is experiencing no issues.

Rally in the Seventh: Aided by a Chase Headley single and a Stephen Drew walk, the Yankees went on the comeback trail against right-hander Tyrell Jenkins in their half of the seventh -- plating two with a couple of clutch RBIs by two of their more notable spring surprises. Outfielder Jake Cave tied it with a ground-rule double to straightaway center, and infielder Nick Noonan connected on a go-ahead sac fly to left moments later. 

Wilson Impresses: Justin Wilson struck out two in a 1-2-3 top of of the seventh, his first perfect appearance as a Yankee. The last 3-2 pitch Wilson made, granted, might have been a little high to Todd Cunningham, but was nonetheless callled strike three to end the frame.

Next Up: Adam Warren will look to continue his nice preseason Friday when the Yankees take on the Red Sox in Fort Myers -- the Yanks' only visit to Jetblue Park this year. Former Tiger Rick Porcello is expected to get the start for Boston when he and the Sox try to complete their first Grapefruit League sweep of the Yankees since 2011 -- beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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