Yankees’ Tanaka yields homer on just third pitch of MLB debut
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka made his highly anticipated MLB debut Friday night in Toronto.
And it didn’t take long for the Yankees’ new prized possession to give up a home run.
Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees in January, quickly settled down and retired the next three batters, two by strikeout. He ended up getting the win and striking out eight over seven innings, while yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits and no walks in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory.
People on Twitter were quick to comment on the homer.
My boy tanaka welcome to the major leagues. You'll be just fine. Keep the ball down buddy they hit mistakes in the east. Good luck.
— david wells (@BoomerWells33) April 5, 2014
Melky Cabrera's home run against Masahiro Tanaka is already on his wikipedia page pic.twitter.com/Ee87eQSTgo
— Luke Woerner (@ElDoubleU1) April 5, 2014
That's a pop up in Japan.
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) April 4, 2014