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Yankees’ Tanaka labors through two ineffective innings

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

BRADENTON, Fla. — For the second straight game, a Yankees starting pitcher lasted only two innings in a spring training game when he was supposed to go four.

We know they have a deep bullpen, but . . .

On Thursday, it was a “frustrated” Masahiro Tanaka who nearly duplicated Nathan Eovaldi’s truncated 46-pitch outing from the night before. Tanaka labored in his 50-pitch effort and allowed two runs in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.

“Overall, a bit frustrated with how everything turned out,” Tanaka, the Yankees’ probable Opening Day pitcher, said through his translator. “I think the worst part was that I just couldn’t get strike one, strike two. Just getting myself in bad counts.”

Tanaka gave up four hits, including a solo home run by Andrew McCutchen in the first. He struck out one and did not walk a batter. His exhibition ERA is 2.57.

Tanaka said he is not worried ahead of the April 4 opener. “Just getting my third year of spring training in. You know you’ll have bad days like this,” he said. “But the good part is to get those bad days out in spring training rather than in the season.”

Said manager Joe Girardi: “I didn’t think he was extremely sharp, but you’re going to have those days early on in spring training.”

Severino “lucky”

Luis Severino threw four shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts. He also escaped disaster when he speared a vicious line drive off the bat of Starling Marte.

“I was lucky,” he said.

Said Girardi: “Good idea to catch it.”

Extra bases

Outfielder Slade Heathcott was scratched from the lineup after missing the bus to Bradenton, Girardi said. Heathcott eventually made it to the ballpark on his own but did not play . . . Outfielder Aaron Hicks was scratched and might miss a few days because of a sty in his eye, Girardi said . . . Brian McCann returned to the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game after being hit in the knee by a ricocheted pitch.

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