Masahiro Tanaka ready for first Fenway Park start

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start Tuesday night at Fenway Park: the Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.

The Japanese star plays his first game at Fenway on Tuesday night, when Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the ballpark where he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and last year.

Tanaka says through an interpreter: ”I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit.”