The Associated Press No runs once again off Masahiro Tanaka. No hits off him or the New York Yankees’ bullpen, either.
Tanaka and two relievers combined on a spring training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in a 3-0 win Friday in Lakeland, Fla.
New York manager Joe Girardi didn’t keep the lineup card as a souvenir, but still appreciated the effort.
“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 4⅓ innings. The Japanese ace has thrown 13⅓ scoreless innings in exhibition play.
“I felt that I wasn’t at my best, but considering that I still was able to put up some zeroes, so that part satisfied me,” Tanaka said through a translator. “The slider and the cut fastball, the location of it, I felt like I was all over the place. The command of those can be better.”
After Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth, Jordan Montgomery finished up with four perfect innings.
In other action, Chicago Cubs reliever Koji Uehara gave up one run and three hits in one inning of a 7-2 victory over the crosstown rival White Sox in Glendale, Ariz.
Orioles release Ondrusek
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Logan Ondrusek, due to have his elbow examined next week by Dr. James Andrews, has been released by the Baltimore Orioles.
Ondrusek agreed in December to a non-guaranteed $650,000, one-year contract. The Orioles put him on waivers Wednesday and released him Friday.