Tanaka, 2 Yankees relievers combine on no-hitter vs Tigers
By MARK DIDTLER
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka felt he was a little too wild — too wild for the Detroit Tigers to hit, in fact.
Tanaka kept up his strong start this spring by combining with two Yankees relievers on a no-hitter Friday in a 3-0 win over the Tigers.
New York manager Joe Girardi didn’t keep the lineup card as a souvenir, but still appreciated the spring training feat.
“I’m happy for our guys,” Girardi said.
“It’s fun. Obviously, it means more if it’s the regular season, but still it’s a no-hitter.”
Tanaka, scheduled to start on opening day, struck out six and walked two in 4 1-3 innings. The Japanese ace has thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings in exhibition play.
After Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth, Jordan Montgomery finished up with four perfect innings. Montgomery has emerged as candidate for a bullpen spot and could get into the mix for open fifth starter spot.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said “there was pride involved” in trying to avoid being no-hit, even in an exhibition game.
“You don’t want to get no-hit, whether it’s spring training or regular season, Wiffle ball in the backyard,” Ausmus said. “It was on the radar.”
J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton were among the Detroit regulars who started. Ausmus noted that players who worked out early and left the ballpark before the game ended “might not even know at this point” what had taken place.
Detroit had just three baserunners, who all reached base early on.