TAMPA, Fla. -- After watching 31 batters make hard turns back to the dugout, the Tigers finally got to Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, interrupting the right-hander's perfect spring in a 6-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.Tanaka had held the Tigers both scoreless and hitless
TAMPA, Fla. -- After watching 31 batters make hard turns back to the dugout, the Tigers finally got to Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, interrupting the right-hander's perfect spring in a 6-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Tanaka had held the Tigers both scoreless and hitless over 10 1/3 innings this spring, spanning three starts. Detroit ended that quickly in the first inning, as Ian Kinsler cracked a broken-bat single and scored on Alex Presley's run-scoring double. Presley trotted home with an unearned run when catcher Gary Sanchez mistakenly threw down to second base on a walk.
"Obviously, I was out of sync in the first inning," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I gave up a hit and another hit. I just gave up an easy run. What I was saying on the mound was that it was only one clean hit that I gave up. I was trying to think positively."
Gearing up to start the Tigers' home opener, right-hander Michael Fulmer settled down after issuing walks to each of the first three batters he faced. Jacoby Ellsbury drove home a run with a groundout to first base, but that was all the Yanks managed off the reigning American League Rookie of the Year Award winner.
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"Results-wise, I was happy with it," Fulmer said. "But personally, I'm not that enthused by it. Still got some work to do, but [my] body feels great and I'm ready for the season."
Tanaka scattered three hits with two walks and six strikeouts, throwing 48 of 71 pitches for strikes. He wrapped his spring with a 0.38 ERA as he prepares to take the ball for his third consecutive Opening Day assignment on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
"I'm satisfied with how I was able to go through Spring Training," Tanaka said. "I'm ready for the season to start."
Justin Upton cracked a two-run homer, his fifth of the spring, in the sixth inning off Dellin Betances. Aaron Judge hit his third spring homer, a tape-measure shot off the center-field batter's eye, in the seventh off Bruce Rondon. Steven Moya added a long two-run homer facing Ernesto Frieri in the eighth.
Tigers Up Next: Expect a preview of what could be the Opening Day lineup on Wednesday, when the Tigers close out the home portion of their Grapefruit League schedule with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Phillies at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Follow along on MLB.TV as Justin Verlander makes his final spring tuneup.
Yankees Up Next: A strong spring (14 2/3 innings) has vaulted Jordan Montgomery into serious consideration for a rotation spot, and the left-hander will get another chance to impress on Wednesday as the Yankees visit the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. Matthew Holliday, Brett Gardner, Judge and Aaron Hicks are all expected to be in New York's lineup for the 1:05 p.m. ET game.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.