Didi, McCann back strong Tanaka vs. O's

Didi, McCann back strong Tanaka vs. O's

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka worked three scoreless innings while Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann each drove in a pair of runs, leading the Yankees to a 7-1 Grapefruit League victory over the winless Orioles on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Didi Gregorius added three hits, two runs and an RBI.

Tanaka limited Baltimore to an infield single with three strikeouts and a hit batsman, throwing 30 of 40 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has thrown five scoreless innings this spring and continues to be on track to start on Opening Day, though he said that assignment has not yet been discussed with the team.

Gregorius' RBI knock

"I wasn't actually hitting my spots, so I felt a little off balance," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Given that, I was able to hold the opponent to no score, so that part I was satisfied with."

Shreve serving as reminder of bullpen depth

Mike Wright started for Baltimore and was charged with five runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out six, throwing 39 of 66 pitches for strikes in his third spring start.

Ellsbury's RBI single

McCann knocked a two-run single in the first inning, Ellsbury had RBI singles in the second and third innings, and non-roster invitee Chris Denorfia also contributed a two-run single as New York batted around in the third inning.

"That's the game of baseball," Wright said. "Like I said last week, honestly, as far as my execution of pitches went, I thought I did very well and the results just weren't there. What I'm taking from this is I'm just going to keep working and keep doing the same thing because eventually it's going to pay off."

The defeat dropped the Orioles to 0-10-2 this spring.

Up next for the Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez will make his third spring start on Saturday vs. the Minnesota Twins. Phil Hughes will make his second start at Ed Smith Stadium for Minnesota, with the game slated for a 1:05 p.m. ET start on Gameday Audio.

Up next for the Yankees: Right-hander Luis Severino will make his second spring start (third appearance) on Saturday as the Yankees visit the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest on MLB.TV. New York's lineup is expected to include Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks. Left-hander Matt Moore starts for Tampa Bay.

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