- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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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."
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.
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