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Marlins nearly no-hit Yankees -- again; Tanaka impresses

TAMPA -- Two weeks after the Marlins no-hit the New York Yankees in Panama, they flirted with the feat a second time.

Five Marlins pitchers combined to hold the Bronx Bombers hitless through seven innings before Kelly Johnson spoiled the bid with a leadoff double in the eighth off Steve Cishek. The Yankees ended up prevailing, 3-0.

It hasn't been the crispest of springs for Cishek, who has given up eight runs (six earned) on 13 hits in only 10 innings. He's also walked four while striking out seven. Cishek gave up two runs in Friday's loss.

"Cishek, it's kind of been a little bit of a struggle for him all spring," said manager Mike Redmond. "But, I'm sure when the lights come on and he's in a save situation, everything will be fine."


The Marlins got their first taste of Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese pitching import, and left impressed. Tanaka went six innings after entering in relief of Hiroki Kuroda, limiting the Marlins to only three hits while striking out 10.

"He's the same guy I remember," said Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee, who was Tanaka's teammate in Japan last year.