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Tanaka and the Yankees Topple Twins

Created: 03/22/2014 4:11 PM KSTP.com

Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 victory Saturday.

Facing a close approximation of the Minnesota Twins' opening-day lineup, Tanaka yielded five hits and a walk in 5 1-3 innings. The high-priced Japanese star walked just one, Joe Mauer in the third inning, and struck out six before a Hammond Stadium sellout crowd of 9,298.

This was the fourth appearance of the spring for Tanaka, who allowed one run in 4 1-3 innings against the Atlanta Braves his previous outing.

Scott Sizemore's two-run single keyed a four-run fourth for the Yankees, who left most of their regulars back in Tampa.

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New York Yankees pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama pitches in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins/
Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert

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