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Tanaka wins debut

Masahiro Tanaka allows three runs in his first two innings but nothing from there in the Yankees’ win.

Associated Press

Masahiro Tanaka allows three runs in his first two innings but nothing from there in the Yankees’ win.

TORONTO — Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major-league debut as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-3 Friday.

Staked to a 2-0 lead before taking the mound, the Japanese right-hander got a startling welcome to the majors when he surrendered a home run to Melky Cabrera on his third pitch.

Tanaka settled down to retire the next three batters, catching Jose Bautista looking at a curveball and getting Edwin Encarnacion to miss on a slider.

He gave up two runs in the second. But New York reclaimed the lead and chased Dustin McGowan with a two-run third aided by an overturned call.

McGowan thought he'd escaped a jam when Ichiro Suzuki was called out on an infield chopper. But the call was overturned by replay, and Yangervis Solarte followed with a two-run double.

Tanaka faced just one batter over the minimum in his final five innings. Encarnacion hit a one-out double in the third but was stranded.

Encarnacion reached again on an infield single to begin the sixth but was erased on a double play.

Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the Yankees' other high-priced offseason additions, had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice as they won their second straight after an 0-2 start.

He doubled and scored in the first, singled in the second, doubled and scored in the fourth and walked in the sixth. Perhaps his hardest-hit ball came in the eighth, a liner straight back at reliever Steve Delabar, who knocked it down and threw Ellsbury out.

The centerfielder, who came in hitless in his first three games, also made a sliding catch in left-center to retire Dioner Navarro for the final out of the sixth.

Yankees 7

Blue Jays 3

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