|Yankees' Igawa starts for Class-A Tampa|
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|Saturday, 19 May 2007 16:27|
It was the first action for Igawa since May 4, three days before he was sent to the minors to work on his control and pitching mechanics.
The Japanese rookie left-hander threw 68 pitches, allowing three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Pitching a night after teammate Rogers Clemens' highly publicized minor league start, Igawa faced the Class-A affiliate for the Minnesota Twins, the Fort Myers Miracle. He said for the past two weeks he's been focused on tightening his delivery.
``That's the main goal right now,'' Igawa said through a translator. ``I'm emphasizing on getting rid of wasted movements and motions. I haven't pitched in a while and (Saturday) I had some good moments and some bad moments. Overall, I thought it was good.''
In his final start against Seattle, Igawa gave up eight runs and nine hits in four innings. Igawa was 2-1 with a 7.63 ERA for the Yankees. Igawa, who signed a five-year, $20 million deal with New York in December, played eight seasons with the Hanshin Tigers where he had an 86-60 record and 1,174 strikeouts, including going 14-9 with a 2.97 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 2006.