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Tanaka allows homer in second spring game

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New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka made his first spring training start and second appearance on Thursday, allowing a solo home run and two hits in three innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Japanese pitching sensation struck out one and got seven ground-ball outs. He threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes.

In Clearwater, Fla., after a delay of more than 90 minutes because of downpours and a tornado warning, the 25-year-old Tanaka surrendered a home run to Phillies leadoff man Freddy Galvis in the third inning.

The only other hit allowed was an opposite-field double in the second to Marlon Byrd on a hanging slider.

Tanaka has now allowed one run and four hits in five innings of work. He threw two scoreless innings of relief in his first spring outing against the Phillies last Saturday. His next start will likely come late next week.

Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January.

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