MLB: Yanks’ Tanaka has first workout
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 22 and chartering from Tokyo to New York in a 787 for a news conference, Masahiro Tanaka, the 25-year-old right-hander, threw his first bullpen session under the watch of the Yankees. Two days before the official start of the team’s spring training workouts, Tanaka breezed through a 25-pitch bullpen session to catcher Francisco Cervelli at New York’s minor league complex.
Also at Yankees camp, a day after announcing this will be his final season, Derek Jeter was back to work. The Yankees captain arrived just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday and was applauded by approximately 50 fans who were lined up on the sidewalk outside. He did not stop as he drove in, and he gave a small wave as he walked into the facility.
• MIAMI (AP) — Former major league manager and All-Star Jim Fregosi was hospitalized in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke while on a cruise for baseball fans.
A spokeswoman for MSC Cruises said the 71-year-old Fregosi became ill Tuesday as the MSC Divina was headed from Grand Cayman to Mexico. The ship returned to Grand Cayman and Fregosi was later taken to a hospital in Florida.