TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper went zero for two in opposition to New York Yankees opening-day starter Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday evening in his third spring coaching recreation, and first on the highway, since signing baseball’s greatest contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The slugger is hitless in three at-bats and has walked thrice total.

Harper obtained a mix of applause and boos from the gang at a packed Steinbrenner Discipline when he was introduced earlier than a first-inning at-bat that ended on a grounder to first base.

“He is clearly not solely a star participant within the recreation but in addition a giant attraction,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned.

Harper, who homered for his solely hit in 5 common season at-bats in opposition to Tanaka, struck out swinging on the eighth pitch of his at-bat within the third.

Tanaka allowed two runs, six hits and struck out six over three 2/three innings.

Dealing with Adam Ottavino within the fifth, Harper was awarded first base on catcher’s interference after which stole second.

Harper signed a report $330 million, 13-year contract earlier this month.

“Bryce being right here and bringing this consideration I believe has an opportunity to create greater expectations, which may create the next stage of play from our guys,” Phillies supervisor Gabe Kapler mentioned. “And in addition I believe it separates the blokes who play with the brightest lights from the blokes who cannot, and I believe that is a terrific factor for our ball membership.”

Harper walked twice in opposition to Toronto on Saturday, and took a 96 mph fastball for strike three from AL Cy Younger Award winner Blake Snell and drew a stroll from Jalen Beeks in Monday’s recreation with Tampa Bay.

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Yankees visitor teacher Bernie Williams threw the ceremonial first pitch and performed The Star-Spangled Banner on the guitar whereas in uniform. The jazz guitarist spent Monday’s time off performing in a live performance at close by Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater. He obtained a loud ovation strolling off the sector carrying a guitar case over his shoulder.

FRANKLIN’S FAREWELL

Longtime minor league supervisor and coach Tony Franklin is retiring after spring coaching, ending a run of 48 years in professional baseball that features the previous 13 with the Yankees. “I loved each minute,” Franklin mentioned. Amongst his assignments with the Yankees have been managing Double-A Trenton and rookie-league Pulaski, and rehab coach on the Tampa minor league advanced.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies OF Odubel Herrera (hamstring) and 2B Cesar Hernandez each had 5 plate appearances in a minor league recreation. Hernanez will play in Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Pittsburgh, whereas Herrera will DH Saturday in opposition to Houston. Kapler mentioned “a practical state of affairs for us is to have each of these guys on our opening-day roster able to go, totally wholesome, timing the place it must be.”

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