(SportsNetwork.com) - New York gets its first look at Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday when the Japanese right-hander makes his Yankee Stadium debut in the finale of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
Tanaka was victorious in his big league debut on Friday in Toronto, but it was an inauspicious beginning to say the least, as he served up a home run to Melky Cabrera on his third pitch of the game. He settled down after that, though, and allowed three runs over seven innings.
He also struck out eight without walking a batter.
"I think it's really impressive," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You think about what he's had to deal with all Spring Training, the attention that's been on him. The covers of magazines. Everywhere he goes, people want to know when's he pitching. That started Feb. 14. I think he's handled it great."
Baltimore, meanwhile, will turn to a pitcher with a little less fanfare in lefty Miguel Gonzalez, who will be trying to overcome an awful start to his season. Gonzalez was pounded by Detroit on Friday to the tune of seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings.
"It's tough when you don't have your secondary pitch, especially when your fastball command is not as good as it was last year," said Gonzalez. "I just got to fix that and I'll be alright."
Gonzalez has faced the Yankees seven times and is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA against them.
Baltimore's bats exploded on Tuesday, as Delmon Young homered and drove in three runs to lead the Orioles to a 14-5 thrashing of the Yanks.
Young finished 3-for-6 and also scored two runs for the Orioles, who have split the first two games of this three-game set. Adam Jones added a two-run homer, ending 2-for-4 with two runs scored, as Baltimore's offense exploded in winning for just the third time in eight games this season.
Baltimore unleashed 20 hits as every starter, with the exception of catcher Matt Wieters, had multiple hits. Wieters, however, still contributed to the offense, going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI. Ryan Flaherty was the only Oriole starter without an RBI, but he did have three hits and scored two runs.
Baltimore starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) got the win despite a lackluster outing. The left-hander was charged with four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in five frames.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 for the Yankees, who lost for just the second time in six outings. Alfonso Soriano added a homer and finished 2-for-4.
New York starter Ivan Nova (1-1) suffered the loss, getting knocked around for seven runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 inning. The right-hander struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
"I threw good curveballs (and) bad curveballs in the game. Good sinkers (and) bad sinkers," said Nova. "It was my consistency. Maybe my release point wasn't the same every time. It's something I have to work on."
New York narrowly won the season series a year ago, 10-9.