Tanaka wins debut, Yankees beat Blue Jays 7-3 - NBC Sports

Tanaka wins debut, Yankees beat Blue Jays 7-3
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka makes his major league debut as he pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during second inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Peter Power)
April 4, 2014, 11:15 pm

TORONTO (AP) Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major league debut, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Friday night.

Staked to a 2-0 lead before taking the mound, Tanaka (1-0) got a startling welcome to the major leagues when the Japanese right-hander surrendered a home run to Toronto's Melky Cabrera on his third pitch. It was Cabrera's first homer of the season and the second leadoff shot of his career.

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.

New York reclaimed the lead and chased Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan (0-1) with a two-run third that was aided by an overturned call.

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