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Tanaka named Yankees’ Opening Day starter

Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees’ Opening Day starter March 28 against Baltimore, taking the spot left open by Luis Severino’s shoulder trouble.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the decision before Saturday night’s spring training game with the Orioles.

Tanaka is replacing Severino, who will not make the start at Yankee Stadium because of right-shoulder inflammation. Severino was scratched from his first planned start of spring training Tuesday after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“Masa has clearly shown through his life really that he’s really good in the big spot,” Boone said.5

Yankees newcomer James Paxton will start the second game and J.A. Happ, both left-handers, will pitch the third game against the Orioles.

Tanaka, 30, discussed what it means to start the opener after his outing Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

“Obviously, if you’re given the opportunity to pitch on that day, you want to go out and do your best,” the right-hander said through an interpreter. “If you look back, I don’t think I’ve necessarily been good on opening days. I’ve gotten some experience. We’ve gone through playoffs. So, if that situation were to arise, I can go out there and give a good performance.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Tanaka has made three previous Opening Day starts (2015-17) for the Yankees. New York lost all three games, with Tanaka charged with the loss in two.