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Spring Training Roundup

Torre: Igawa 'over anxious' in Yankees debut

Posted: Monday March 5, 2007 9:53PM; Updated: Monday March 5, 2007 11:55PM
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Kei Igawa had an adventurous debut.

The Japanese left-hander allowed two runs, two hits, three walks Monday in the New York Yankees' 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

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Igawa struck out three and faced eight batters, getting three outs before leaving in the second.

"The only thing I saw was overstriding," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "When you strike the guys out, you obviously made some good pitches. When you walk the guys, everything is up in the zone."

Igawa loaded the bases on two walks and a single, with no outs in the first. After striking out Carlos Guillen, Ryan Raburn walked to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. Igawa avoided further damage when he struck out Brent Clevlen and Brandon Inge.

"He looked like he rushed himself a little bit," New York manager Joe Torre said. "He just didn't seem to finish off pitches. The first time out, maybe getting a little over anxious."

Igawa was pulled after Sean Casey's second-inning leadoff single on his 40th pitch. Casey scored later to make it 2-0.

"The result was not good, but it's something I can learn (from) and go forward," Igawa said through a translator. "It's the same as Japan right now during the same time. My pitches are usually higher."

Clevlen was hit in the head by a Tyler Clippard pitch in the sixth -- the Tigers said later that he was OK.

New York closer Mariano Rivera worked a perfect third in his first spring training appearance. He had two strikeouts.

Minor leaguer Bronson Sardinha hit a winning, two-run homer off Felix Heredia with two outs in the ninth as the Yankees improved to 5-0, their best spring training start since opening 1993 with eight victories in a row.

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