Just the night before, the Yankees were the victims of a no-hit game which was the first Major League Baseball game in Panama since 1947, but Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte took charge in putting an end to an unusual offensive drought with back-to-back hits in the second inning. The Venezuelans, who combined for six of 15 Yankees hits, have been two of the best bats for the team this spring.
“I'm in the books!,” a smiling Cervelli said after remembering that he connected that historic first hit. “It was a nice thing. Today we came to play good baseball and to respect this game like always. This series was incredible and coming here to see all of these people super excited in a beautiful country and all for the support of Mariano.”
“[Sabathia] was really good. Today we were trying to control the fastball and the first pitches for strikes and every day he's advancing and has more strength. We worked the changeup a lot and it was fantastic in the zone, did a great job and it will keep improving in the two starts that remain this spring.”
Sabathia himself demonstrated satisfaction with his start and all of the experience in Panama, in particular with being able to throw in such solid fashion in front of thousands of fans that chanted his name and welcomed him to the rhythm of drums at Rod Carew Stadium.
“I know these are only [Spring training games] but you never want to be a part of a no-hit game, and it felt good to go out and get the victory today,” Sabathia said.
“I always feel the responsibility to throw well, doesn't matter the situation. It feels good to have been able to do it today. It was a very fun [event], the people were phenomenal and I know Mariano was very excited.”
Outfielder Carlos Beltran, who just connected his third hit of the spring, stressed that the historic series of the games served not only to continue his preparation work during the preseason but also as an inspiration to the growth of professional baseball in Latin America.
“We came with the mentality of continuing to prepare ourselves for training camp, but I also understand the support of the fans was special and hopefully it will open the doors for more events like these, not only in Panama but all of Latin America so that Latin Americans can have the opportunity to watch baseball from the majors, even if it's in Spring Training,” the Puerto Rican pointed out.
Derek Jeter, who struck out three times and didn't connect a hit in the series while having an unproductive spring hitting just .133, thanked the entire Panamanian fans for the support shown throughout the series, in particular the hand he received when he finally got on base after walking and eventually scoring one of the seven runs.
"The fans have been fantastic. It was an electric thing in the stands," said the 39-year-old shortstop, who joked that he does have a hit in Panama after getting one during a charity softball game sponsored by his former teammate Andruw Jones in 2001.
"It's clear that the fans here love baseball and I'm very happy of having this experience. I'll remember this forever."
Manager Joe Girardi deemed the event was quite a success and without a doubt would love to one day return to Panama.
"It was a wonderful place to play. The people in Panama were tremendous with us. They treated us really, really well. In general, it seemed that it was a great trip and I would like it a lot to return."
The best boxer in the history of Panamanian boxing, who threw the first pitch in the second game of the "Legends Series" at Rod Carew National Stadium, claimed that he has been the Bronx Bombers' no. 1 fan since the day "Mr. October" promised to hit a home run in his name.
"I flew to New York for a baseball game and Reggie Jackson, who was a fan of mine, told me he was going to dedicate me a home run. And he later told me that during [the at-bat] a strike was called on him and another strike and he got nervous because he didn't know what to do and started praying to God, but later the pitcher, not wanting to, gave him a pitch and he took it out of the stadium and I got happy," Duran said Sunday inside a conference room at Rod Carew National Stadium, host site of two exhibition games between the Yankees and the Marlins.
"That is one of the greatest stories I have of the Yankees and all my life I've been a Yankee [fan]," Duran said.
The Panamanian, who is recognized by experts as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of boxing after crowning himself in four different weight classes, was a special guest of Mariano Rivera to throw out the first pitch at Sunday's game.
"I'm very happy to see Mariano and I feel proud that the Yankees and Marlins have come and hopefully more games will keep coming because there are a lot of Panamanians that can't travel to the United States and it's a great opportunity," Duran pointed out. "I'm even more happy with the Panamanian people that have demonstrated that they support baseball."
Accompanied to the mound by Rivera, Duran was received with a rousing standing ovation by more than 12,000 people who packed the stands, with Marlins outfielder Giancarlos Stanton serving as the catcher for the pitch.
Duran, who will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, concluded the news conference by expressing his admiration for Rivera as the best closer in the history of the major leagues, guaranteeing his place as an immortal in Cooperstown. But he stressed that there is no doubt who is the most famous athlete in Panama: "That's me!"
The Marlins pitched a no-hitter Saturday in a 5-0 victory in the first game here to honor Rivera, baseball's career saves leader. Miami had only one hit against five Yankees pitchers Sunday.
Sabathia (1-1) didn't allow any walks and had five strikeouts in his third start this preseason after entering with a 5.40 ERA.
Gary Sanchez homered for the Yankees, while Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte each had three hits.
Masahiro Tanaka, this is your life.
And so far, you have aced it.
It is hard to really know what the Yankees expected when they signed the 25-year-old Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract, but it is easy to see how excited they are to have him now.
And "easy" is the operative word here. As in "easy transition," which is exactly what Tanaka appears to be making.
If that is truly the one thing the Yankees worried about in bringing Tanaka over from the Rakuten Golden Eagles, then their worry was for naught. Because it can't really be as easy to go from Tokyo to Tampa, and from the Nippon Baseball League to MLB, as Tanaka has made it look so far. Can it?
"He's just made it transition-less," GM Brian Cashman said today. "It hasn't been an issue for him. It’s almost like it’s more of an issue for us."
And that was before Tanaka went out and threw 4 1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit, six-strikeout ball at an Atlanta Braves lineup that looked an awful lot like the one Fredi Gonzalez is likely to send out on Opening Day. It was only Tanaka's second start of the spring -- he also threw two innings in relief in his first outing -- but as Cashman said, "It feels like he's been a part of this team and this organization for a lot longer than six weeks."
The GM then invoked the name of Hideki Matsui, who also made a seamless transition from Japan to the Bronx and went on to become a World Series MVP.
"I’ve really been surprised how he’s hit the ground running in the states and has made the transition for us so much lesser than we expected," Cashman said. "He’s kind of just fit right in as if he’s always been here, so far."
True, the Yankees have treated Tanaka as if he needs to be packed in bubble wrap, but the truth is, everyone else here is a lot more excited about, and impressed with, Tanaka, than Tanaka is with himself.
He acknowledged noticing the famous names on the Braves' lineup -- Jason Heyward, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons and both Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin -- but said that once the game started, they were just strikeouts waiting to happen.
And the strikeouts did happen, a half-dozen of them, and it was tough to decide which was the more impressive, the waist-high splitter that froze Justin Upton to end the first inning, or the back-to-back fastballs Tanaka blew past his brother B.J. in the third.
From the press box, and even on a television replay, it is sometimes hard to distinguish Tanaka's splitter from his slider, or either of those from his two-seamer or his changeup. But what was unmistakable is that this is a pitcher who comes from another place, a guy to whom pitching backward is really pitching forward and whose "secondary stuff" is really his primary weapon.
"I don’t throw fastballs as much as regular pitchers," he said. The word "regular" could easily have been replaced by the word "ordinary."
This is not to say that Tanaka is an extraordinary major league pitcher -- he has a long way to go before anyone can say that -- but that so far, his experience in major league baseball has been pretty close to it.
In their anxiety to protect their investment, the Yankees have coddled Tanaka, isolated his bullpen sessions, and done nearly everything possible to make it difficult for the admittedly large contingent of media to get too close to him.
And yet, in spite of the club's overprotectiveness, and the language barrier between him and the North American media, Tanaka has been remarkably approachable and accommodating, even if not very quotable. He truly seems to be enjoying the experience so far -- he also has a lengthy session with the Japanese media each day -- and outwardly at least, appears unaffected by the amount of attention he is getting. But that goes with having been a star in Japan since his high school days, and it is likely there is very little even New York City can throw at him that he hasn't seen before.
Tanaka, however, seems to have plenty to throw at hitters that they haven't seen before. Brian McCann, who might have been in today's Braves lineup if the Yankees hadn't signed him as a free agent in the offseason, continues to marvel not only at Tanaka's repertoire, but also at his poise.
"It’s beyond surprises me," McCann said. "It just shows you the experience he has to be only 25 years old and to understand how to maneuver through a lineup is really impressive. His stuff plays."
One of the surprising things about Tanaka's stuff is that his splitter is not always down in the zone; he has enough confidence in it to throw it for strikes, even high strikes, because the speed differential between it and his fastball -- from 85 to as high as 94 yesterday -- keeps the hitters off balance.
As McCann has said from the first time he caught Tanaka, "He's not a comfortable at-bat for anybody."
Acting manager Rob Thomson, who finished his brief tenure at 1-2 after today's 7-4 victory, said he was most impressed by how well Tanaka has seamlessly slid into an unfamiliar environment and made it seem like home.
"I know how tough it would be for me to go to another country and do what he’s trying to do," Thomson said. "That tells you something about his makeup and toughness and things like that."
Tanaka, for his part, refuses to pat himself on the back just yet.
"I know that once the season starts I’ll be flying into different cities, pitching under different weather conditions, climates, so I’ll obviously be experiencing a lot of new things and learning a lot as we go through the season," he said. "But so far, so good."
And, to the surprise of everyone but him, so easy.
Ichiro Suzuki, elevated to the leadoff spot when Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with a tight calf, had two hits, including a double, drew a walk, and scored a run.
Eduardo Nunez had two hits and scored a run. Brian McCann knocked in run with a double. And Ramon Flores, who has had an impressive spring, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
On the mound, in addition to Tanaka's 4-1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball, Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect (two-strikeout) sixth, and Shane Greene struck out four in two innings -- but did allow a run on a HR by Justin Upton. Matt Thornton had some problems, allowing a couple of hits and a run in 2/3 of an inning after coming in to relieve Tanaka, who had reached his pitch count, and Dellin Betances allowed his first run of the spring after 8-1/3 scoreless innings.
Topper goes out on top: Acting manager Rob Thomson -- called "Topper" for some reason by Joe Girardi -- finsihed up his brief managerial tenure with a 1-2 record. "I knew I couldn't win 'em all," he said. "But I wanted to win at least one. And I'm glad it was the last one."
Packin' 'em in: A sellout crowd of 10,527 came to The Boss today. With Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia and most of the "name" Yankees in Panama, it was presumably due to the drawing power of Tanaka.
Tomorrow's news: As reported earlier, Ellsbury will not make the trip for Monday's game against the Pirates, nor will Brendan Ryan (lower back) or Russ Canzler (hip). But Nunez, Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts, Flores Austin Romine and a half-dozen Yankees -- Austin Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte -- scheduled to arrive by 10 p.m. tonight from Panama will make the one-hour ride to Bradenton. Hiroki Kuroda, who struggled last Wednesday against the Tigers (3 2/3 IP, 6 ER) will make his third start of the spring. His spring ERA is 6.48.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out six and walked two. The Japanese star gave up an RBI double to Tommy La Stella in the fourth.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left after two innings with a bruised left thumb in a precautionary move. He took a hard-hit ball off his hand while playing defense.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to right calf tightness. General manager Brian Cashman said he thinks the injury is a minor one.
But with a full two weeks left to go -- and with a 63.00 ERA accumulated in two appearances totaling one inning -- the Yankees have decided that the minor leagues is still the place for ManBan. Cashman announced before today's game that Banuelos was being optioned. His first stop will be the Class A Tampa Yankees, so he can take advantage of pitching in warmer weather.
"Whatever team we assign today, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the team he’s going to be with [for most of the season],'' Cashman said earlier. "We’re going to take into account weather and everything else and what’s best. We’ll see how the rest of minor league camp goes before the actual placement will take place.”
Banuelos was charged with four earned runs in his last outing on Friday against the Twins, but he was victimized by at least one soft hit and two of the runs were allowed to score by Fred Lewis, who relieved him. And the Yankees say Banuelos' fastball has been clocked at 93 MPH. Before those two outings, he had not pitched in a game since 2012.
"Obviously the arm strength’s there,'' Cashman said. "I think he’s a little rusty, which is understandable.''
Banuelos seemed disappointed at having to pack up and re-locate across to the minor league complex this morning, but tried to put the best face on it.
"I think it’s the best thing,'' he said. "Like they say, I’ve got to make progress ... just keep pitching. Get all my pitches to where I can help the team.''
Cashman said the Yankees still viewed Banuelos as a starter over the long-term. And he would not rule out the possibility that Banuelos might still make it to the Bronx sometime this season.
"Like anything else, anybody knocking the bats out of everyone’s hands, especially on the Double-A or Triple-A level, is going to be on the radar to help us,'' he said.
And to the tune or "Enter Sandman," former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered through the doors in center field to a rousing standing ovation before the game.
"It was something incredible and experiencing it in a sold-out stadium with everyone on their feet and that ovation, it's priceless."
David Robertson had the honor of serving as Rivera's catcher for the ceremonial first pitch.
"I wanted to do it so that it could serve as a transfer to my successor ... I handed my legacy," Rivera said. "It was like passing the torch, and we expect that he will do a good job with what's being entrusted to him.
"Everything has a beginning and an end and now here we end the story at home. It has come full circle today and what was supposed to happen was fulfilled and now it has been sealed because it was at home and there's nothing better than that in your own home. I'm Panamanian and as a Panamanian you wish and it's in your blood to be part of this and that's how it was fulfilled."
For Robertson it was an unforgettable experience to be in Panama, where Rivera is an idol.
"It's obvious that everyone was excited to see Mariano and being his catcher for the first pitch was incredible. Not everyone in the world can say they've done that," the 28-year-old closer said.
"I think it was something like passing the torch being that things are lining up in that manner, but I still haven't pitched in a regular season game so it will be interesting."
The Bronx Bombers couldn't extend the pregame ceremony's grandeur to the ballgame itself, as four Marlins pitchers, led by starter Brad Hand and relievers Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero, combined to no-hit the Yankees, 5-0. Even though it was an exhibition game, Joe Girardi was a little chagrined. "The ceremony was incredible and I'm sure it was very special for Mo, but it wasn't the type of historic night we expected," Girardi said. "It takes a little bit away from the event because we obviously would have like to have [gotten] some hits and runs but the Marlins pitched excellently and it doesn't matter what game is played and at what level, you never want to leave without getting hits."
Ellsbury was scratched from the lineup this morning with what the Yankees described as "tightness' in his right calf. Acting manager Rob Thomson says it's nothing serious and that Ellsbury would have played if this was a regular season game. But Ellsbury did leave the field without hitting yesterday, although both Thomson and coach Lee Mazzilli say he chose to hit in the indoor cage against a pitching machine instead.
Thomson said Ellsbury would be held out today and tomorrow -- he had been scheduled to make the trip to Bradenton -- but that he did not expect Ellsbury to be out long. We'll see.
In the meantime, here's the revised Yankees lineup for today's game against the Braves:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ramon Flores LF
Pete O'Brien DH
Mason Williams CF
Ali Castillo 2B
Masahiro Tanaka RHP
Good long look: Tanaka is scheduled to go five innings and/or throw 75 pitches, so he should get through the lineup at least twice. And the Braves will provide a fair test; Jason Heyward, Dan Uggla and both Upton brothers are in their starting lineup. RHP Julio Teheran is starting for Atlanta. Tanaka last pitched to opposing hitters on March 6, when he started and worked three innings against the Phillies in Clearwater, allowing two hits and one run on a HR by Freddie Galvis. In between, he threw a simultaed game against two minor leaguers here on March 11.
On the mend: Brendan Ryan, who has been troubled by a sore lower back, has progressed from swinging a broomstick to hitting off a tee to today hitting in the cage and taking some grounders on the field. Thomson said Ryan should have a normal spring training workday on Monday and is "very close'' to returning to action ... Russ Canzler, troubled by a stiff left hip after running into a railing while chasing a foul ball on Thursday, is said to be feeling better but is still taking treatment and will not participate in any on-field activities yet.
Acting manager Rob Thomson, who is running the portion of the team that did not make the trip to Panama for the two-game "Legends Series'' against the Miami Marlins, said the move was precautionary and that Ellsbury could have played if this were the regular season. Ellsbury said the same.
"If this was regular season, I'd be playing, for sure," Ellsbury said. "That was the first thing I told them. I'm good to play. They just said, hey let's just get this thing 100 percent."
"He wanted to play, and he could have played, except that we want to make sure we knock this thing out before anything serious happened,'' Thomson said. "I talked to [GM Brian Cashman] and [manager Joe Girardi], and since it's spring training we're going to back him off.''
Thomson said Ellsbury also would not travel with the team to Bradenton for Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and characterized the injury as "day to day.''
"I mean, that's his life, whether he's hitting or running or defending, he's got to have good legs under him,'' Thomson said.
"But I think it's not going to be long.''
Rivera threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Brad Hand and three relievers combined for a no-hitter in Miami's 5-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night in the first of two exhibition games in Panama in honor of baseball's career saves leader.
"It wasn't the historic night that I envisioned," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
"It's a first no-hitter I've ever seen or been a part of in spring training," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Last year, we had Henderson Alvarez throw a no-hitter on the last day of the season and that was pretty cool. Tonight was just a testament to how the guys played. We made good plays on defense, too. All in all, it was a great day and one I'll remember for a long time."
Rivera threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Brad Han and three relievers combined for a no-hitter in Miami's 5-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night in the first of two exhibition games in Panama to honor baseball's career saves leader.
New York shortstop Derek Jeter went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
The 44-year-old Rivera, a native of the fishing village of Puerto Caimito, spent his entire 19-year career in the major leagues with the Yankees.
"I appreciate a lot the teams and all of the people that have made this, my dream, possible, and I hope that this is an event that would repeat itself and that no one could forget," the legendary Panamanian closer said at the press conference room.
The "Legends Series" marks MLB's first visit to Panama since 1947, and Jeter didn't hesitate in taking advantage of the event's significance to joke about his former teammate's nearly 20 years with the Bombers.
"It is a privilege for me and for us as an organization to come here to Panama, which is an amazing place, and I can't think about a better person to honor than Mariano," said the Yankees' shortstop, who said that he had made two previous visits to the Central American nation.
"It is a great opportunity to come back here and once again bring baseball to Panama and I'm very happy that MLB made professional baseball games here come true since 1946 ... when Mo was a little kid," Jeter said before the crowded room broke into laughter.
Stanton also stressed the importance of being able to share the podium with the two legends, winners of five World Series rings.
"It is an honor to be here and honor Mariano; that's what we're here for, to honor him and bring the game of Major League Baseball to Panama and expand the sport," the 24-year-old outfielder said.
"I never had the opportunity to meet Mariano or Derek but they're ballplayers that I grew up watching ever since I was a kid and they made me love baseball, so for me it's an honor to be here."
Representing commissioner Bud Selig was MLB executive vice president of labor relations Dan Halem, who said the mission of promoting professional games in diverse parts of the world is not only the globalization of the sport, but also to stress the importance of baseball as a positive influence in society.
"It's MLB's mission to continue the globalization of our game and we're committed to bringing games to our millions of fans on a worldwide scale," said Halem, who's been working under Selig since 2007.
"We're very happy to be here, and like the commissioner says, baseball is an important social institution and the best things is that these games and event will benefit the people through the Mariano Rivera Foundation."
Levine pointed out that for the Yankees it was a priority to have the opportunity to honor Rivera in his native country.
"Once Mariano made the decision to retire last year, as big as his farewell tour was, we thought it was necessary that we needed to give him another honor and this has been a great event," said Levine, who added that Marlins owner Jeff Loria also helped make the event happen.
"The Yankees are an international brand and there are Yankee fans all over the world," Levine said. "Our players enjoy this type of event a lot and we always try to make it, so now we'll try to return and expand to other places."
Levine emphasized that he feels this has been the perfect moment and place to close and honor Rivera's career, and to initiate what's going to be a farewell tour for Jeter, who announced in February that the 2014 season would be his last in professional baseball.
"[It's the icing on the cake] because this is his country. When you go around there [with Rivera], you see how the Panamanian people adore him and the respect they have for him. It's very touching, for me, to honor Mo at the beginning of Derek's farewell and it's a pleasure for everyone to see Derek Jeter wherever he goes. Never again will we see two type of players like them two together, they're two of the biggest Yankees of all time."
Facing a lineup of real, live bonafide Baltimore Orioles -- Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young were all in the lineup -- Nuno took a no-hitter into the fourth inning Saturday and left having allowed the Birds nothing but a walk to Alex Gonzalez in the third and a single by Davis with two out in the fourth.
It didn't matter that the Yankees wound up losing 2-1 because what they gained was yet another legitimate contender for the final spot in their starting rotation. And he certainly became a favorite among the beat crew, because the game was played in a tidy 2:25, in large part thanks to his get-it-and-throw-it-back style of pitching.
"Nuno was terrific," said Rob Thomson, who is babysitting the Yankees who didn't go to Panama. "That's what he does. He works fast, throws strikes, changes speed behind in the count, throws all his pitches for strikes. He's a valuable guy because he can pick up a lot of innings out of the bullpen, he can start, and he can get lefties out. So he’s a versatile guy."
Nuno, who relies on his offspeed repertoire while mixing in an occasional fastball, kept the Orioles off-balance during his four-inning stint, but did surprise the last hitter he faced, ex-Yankee Steve Pearce, with a high fastball that Pearce swung through for strike three.
"I'm not a flamethrower," Nuno said. "I'm a guy that mixes in the breaking balls and cutter and changeup. That's how I got them off-balance. [The pitch to Pearce] was up in the zone and I've seen how his swing was. It worked out perfect."
Nuno's four scoreless innings dropped his spring ERA to 1.50, with just one earned run allowed in six inning over two starts. Thomson thought Nuno's brisk pace worked to the advantage of everyone. "When you got a guy who works fast and throws strikes and puts the ball in play, your defense is always on its toes," he said. "You get a guy who’s walking around the mound all the time, taking a lot of time, ball one, ball two, everybody kinda gets on their heels and stiffens up. It always seems like when a guy’s working fast the defense always plays better."
The Yankee defense played well today. Kelly Johnson, who has struggled learning third base, handled three tough chances flawlessly; Brian Roberts made a couple of good plays over the middle and two young outfielders, Mason Williams and Ramon Flores, flagged down liners that appeared headed for gaps. Flores also had a double and a single. The Yankees lone run came on a home run by Francisco Arcia in the sixth.
"It was a really good day," Thomson said. "We saw some good things."
Nuno, a laid-back type, said he did not feel any extra pressure from knowing he had to pitch well to remain in contention for the final rotation spot. "It motivates," he said. "Pretty much you're just having a good time being around the guys, and whatever happens happens. Let the front office decide who's going to do what and where."
Short day: Jacoby Ellsbury stretched and took fielding practice back at Tampa, but left the field at the start of batting practice with coach Lee Mazzilli and did not return. Thomson said he had not heard that anything was wrong with Ellsbury -- "I'm sure I would have been told," he said -- and expects Ellsbury to be in his starting lineup for Sunday's home game against the Braves.
Nunie, Tex A-OK: Eduardo Nunez, who was leg-whipped in the thigh by Chris Colabello of the Twins in Friday's game, took batting practice and grounders and is expected to be fine for Sunday; so, too, is Mark Teixeira, who followed his regular BP session this morning with some extra work off the tee, indicating his surgically-repaired wrist is feeling good.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon threw one shutout inning in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, who got a home run from Chris Davis in a 2-1 victory over a New York Yankees' split-squad Saturday.
The 27-year-old Yoon didn't exactly face a Murderer's Row of Yankees, who sent most of their stars to Panama for an exhibition game.
Yoon gave up a single to Ramon Flores, then retired Mason Williams and Kyle Roller on fly balls. He ended his 11-pitch stint by getting Carmen Angelini to bounce out to second.
Yoon said, "I knew I'd be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea so overall I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be."
Yoon signed a three-year contract with the Orioles in February, but his debut was delayed by difficulties in obtaining a work visa. He hopes to ultimately be a part of Baltimore's starting rotation.
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