Solo shot leads Twins past Yankees

Published 8:20 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. He missed 2 1/2 months last season because of a small elbow ligament tear but has had no problems this spring, finishing with a 3.07 ERA in four starts.

Escobar, who appears bound to be the Twins utility infielder, went 2-for-4.

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“He’s had a real nice spring,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “It will be an ongoing thing to find ways to play him.”

Neither team started many of its projected opening day starters. Brett Gardner went 1-for-2 with a walk for the Yankees.

Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed a run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

“The first three or four innings were a little bit of a struggle,” Milone said. “I kind of went back and forth with balls and strikes. I was trying to get into a rhythm there. Luckily I was able to finish strong and throwing strikes with the pitches I wanted to.”

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto, cleared to play following a concussion, went 1-for-3 with a home run in a minor league game.