Tanaka expected to make pitching debut on Saturday

Leon Halip

Tune in Saturday to see 3/5 of the rotation pitch, including Masahiro Tanaka as he makes his spring training debut.

Spring training games have started, and that means we finally get to see some highly anticipated players play in live games. Chief among them is Masahiro Tanaka, who is set to make his pitching debut during Saturday's game.

Joe Girardi has said that CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka will all be pitching during Saturday's game, with CC expected to begin the game. Kuroda and Tanaka will come out of the bullpen, with each player starting a clean inning so that it has the feeling of starting a fresh game. All three are expected to pitch two innings. So if you tune into this game, you'll get to see 3/5 of the rotation.

Brian McCann and Austin Romine spoke earlier in the week about how well Tanaka pitched during his first live batting practice. Tanaka was supposedly only throwing at about 70% yet they both sounded very impressed. Of course, those are the kinds of things they're expected to say, so it will be nice to be able to judge that for ourselves. It will also be interesting to see CC pitch, if not based solely on the fact that he dropped so much weight over the offseason, and is hopefully going to bring his better stuff this season.

The Yankees will be playing against the Phillies with a 1 PM start time. If you're a fellow non-New Yorker, you're in luck; the game is going to be broadcast on MLBN. The game also looks like it will be available on MLB.tv. Are you going to tune in, or do you have other, far less exciting Saturday plans?

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