Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out six and walked two. The Japanese star gave up an RBI double to Tommy La Stella in the fourth.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left after two innings with a bruised left thumb in a precautionary move. He took a ball off his hand while playing defense.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to right calf tightness. General manager Brian Cashman said he thinks the injury is a minor one.
“We’ll make sure we take care of this, and if it takes a few days or a week, so be it,” Cashman said. “It felt tight, so we’re going to make sure that’s all it’s going to be.”
Ichiro Suzuki replaced Ellsbury at the top of the lineup and had two hits, including an RBI single, off Braves starter Julio Teheran.
DIAMONDBACKS: Left-hander Patrick Corbin says he has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that might require season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Corbin says he is getting a second opinion with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews before deciding whether to try to rehab the injury or have surgery.
He says he has a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament.
Corbin had been designated the team’s opening day starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, but left Saturday’s game against Cleveland in the seventh inning with forearm stiffness.
He was 14-8 and made the All-Star team as a rookie last season.
Manager Kirk Gibson says left-hander Wade Miley will start Saturday’s opener.
TIGERS: Will start the season without Jose Iglesias, though just how long the injured shortstop is sidelined will not be known until after he sees a foot and ankle specialist Tuesday.
General manager Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday that Iglesias will start the season on the disabled list because of painful condition in both shins that affects him when he tries to decelerate.
ORIOLES: It will be a few days before Manny Machado can run on his surgically repaired knee, and the third baseman concedes he might not be ready for the start of the season.
“I don’t know if I’ll make opening day or not,” Machado said Sunday. “It’s not in the back of my mind. I’m not worried about playing games yet. I just want to get healthy. Once I get healthy I’ll be ready to roll and keep playing and just get back into playing mode.”
Machado had surgery on a torn ligament in his left knee in October. The knee is sore, a development that was not unexpected.
METS: Pitcher Jonathon Niese left his start against St. Louis with a sore elbow and will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as “the spring training from hell.”
Niese is expected to have an MRI exam today, and it’s unclear when he might pitch again.
“It’s the back of the elbow, which is good,” Niese said. “I’m almost 100 percent sure it’s nothing serious.”