Monday, April 6, 2015

Masahiro Tanaka struggles with control, approach in Opening Day loss

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Masahiro Tanaka made his long-awaited 2015 debut Monday on Opening Day, lasting just four innings in a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Through two frames, Tanaka allowed just one baserunner with three strikeouts. Then everything fell apart in the third inning.

After falling behind No. 8 hitter Kevin Pillar 2-0, Tanaka allowed a single to left. He then walked No. 9 hitter Devon Travis and a throwing error by Chase Headley on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jose Reyes allowed Pillar to score. Russell Martin singled in Pillar and Reyes and two batters later, Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer on a fastball right down the middle of the plate to open up a 5-0 lead.

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