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Tanaka goes 2 shutout innings, strikes out 3 as Yankees blank Phillies 4-0

  • New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter forces out Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bobby Abreu, left, at second base during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter forces out Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bobby Abreu, left, at second base during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched two shutout innings in his spring training debut, allowing two hits and striking out three as New York Yankees blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Saturday.

The Japanese star entered in the fifth inning, following CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Some fans stood when Tanaka took the mound.

Both Sabathia and Kuroda threw two shutout innings.

Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title.

Tanaka features a sharp split-fingered fastball. He struck out All-Star Domonic Brown in the sixth.