Tanaka gives up homer to first big league batter

The Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka got a startling welcome to the major leagues when the Japanese star gave up a home run to Toronto's Melky Cabrera on his third big league pitch.

Provided a 2-0 first-inning lead by the New York Yankees on Friday night, Tanaka began his career with a called strike on a 93 mph fastball. Cabrera took a slider, then sent a hanging changeup over the right-field wall as Ichiro Suzuki, another Japanese star, ran out of room.

Tanaka retired Colby Rasmus on a grounder to first, getting to the bag in time to take a relay throw from Mark Teixeira. Tanaka followed by throwing a curveball past Jose Bautista for a called third strike, then got Edwin Encarnacion to strike out swinging on a slider.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as the Rakuten Golden Eagles won their first Japan Series title, then signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, who paid $20 million to Rakuten for his rights.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Family, fans mourn for Royals' Ventura

      Family, fans mourn for Royals' Ventura

      Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name ''Ventura'' emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. ''He was an inspiration to every … More »

      AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago
    • '18 spring training to be 2 days shorter

      '18 spring training to be 2 days shorter

      For everyone who thinks spring training is too long, help is on the way - a little, anyway. Spring training will be shortened by two days starting in 2018, when new restrictions in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement take effect … More »

      AP - Sports - 29 minutes ago
    • Rangers, Loney set on minor-league deal

      The Texas Rangers and free agent first baseman James Loney have agreed to a minor league contract, a person familiar with the deal said Monday. Loney will join several others vying for time at first base for the Rangers after Mitch Moreland agreed … More »

      AP - Sports - 2 hours 28 minutes ago
    • Hitting, pitching zapped by jet lag

      Hitting, pitching zapped by jet lag

      Researchers say they've documented an unseen drag on major league baseball players that can wipe out home field advantage, make pitchers give up more home runs, and take some punch out of a team's bats. Dr. Ravi Allada of Northwestern University … More »

      AP - Sports - 2 hours 45 minutes ago
    • Yankees P Tanaka won't take part in WBC

      Yankees P Tanaka won't take part in WBC

      TOKYO (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic. … More »

      AP - Sports - 7 hours ago