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Tanaka to make 2nd appearance Thursday

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field after pitching in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- - Masahiro Tanaka will make his second spring training appearance for the New York Yankees on Thursday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday the Japanese star will pitch in the road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.

Tanaka threw two shutout innings in his debut Saturday, allowing two hits and striking out three in the Yankees' 4-0 victory over Philadelphia. He is set to go three innings Thursday.

''I thought he handled the situation really well because I think there's been a lot of anticipation,'' Girardi said.

Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to a Japan Series title.

The right-hander is expected to start the Yankees' third or fourth regular season game.

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