Tanaka's next start slated for Saturday vs. Twins

Tanaka's next start slated for Saturday vs. Twins

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka has been scheduled to make his next spring start on Saturday against the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., manager Joe Girardi announced.

Tanaka last started on Sunday against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., striking out six in a 4 1/3 innings outing.

The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs in 9 1/3 innings (1.93 ERA) spanning three spring appearances (two starts). He has scattered seven hits and walked two batters, striking out 10.

Girardi said that while Tanaka makes the 2 1/2-hour trip to Fort Myers, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will stay back in Tampa to pitch in a Minor League game.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.