FORT MYERS, Fla. - Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 victory Saturday.
Facing a close approximation of the Minnesota Twins' opening-day lineup, Tanaka yielded five hits and a walk in 5 1-3 innings. The high-priced Japanese star walked just one, Joe Mauer in the third inning, and struck out six before a Hammond Stadium sellout crowd of 9,298.
The Twins got six innings out of Kevin Correia. He gave up six hits and four runs. All of the runs came in the Yankee's fourth inning. Scott Sizemore's two-run single keyed the inning for the Yankees, who left most of their regulars back in Tampa.
Brian Dozier went two for three and scored a run batting in the leadoff spot for the Twins. Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Escobar each tallied an RBI on Saturday.