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Boone names Tanaka Yankees' opening day starter

12up logo 12up 3/9/2019 Thomas Carannante

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 06:  Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) © Tim Bradbury/Getty Images BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

With Luis Severino ailing and James Paxton being a newcomer in the Bronx, the New York Yankees needed to figure out who'd be toeing the mound on Opening Day.

Manager Aaron Boone delivered that answer before the team's Spring Training game on Saturday, revealing ​Masahiro Tanaka would be the man for the Yanks.

Boone said on Friday that the team had picked an Opening Day starter but he wouldn't reveal who it is as Tanaka started against the Tigers last night.

As for the pitchers who will follow, Paxton will be the Yankees' No. 2, ​JA Happ will be the No. 3, and CC Sabathia will likely follow (assuming he's healthy by then) until the team figures out more about Severino's status. 

The bad news for Yankees fans is that Tanaka is not good in Opening Day starts. He's 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA, but given the Yankees will be playing the Orioles to kick off the season, you'd have to think he won't have a tough time with their rebuilding squad.

With the way he finished the 2018 season, Yankee fans are hoping Tanaka carries that energy into 2019.

Related slideshow: Best of 2019 spring training (provided by imagn)

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