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    Notes: Heisman winner Jameis Winston faces Yankees

    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston grounded to second and struck out looking in Florida State’s 8-3 loss to the Yankees Tuesday in Tampa.

    Winston entered in left field in the fifth inning and hit a grounder on an 0-and-2 pitch from minor leaguer Shane Greene in the sixth. In the eighth, Winston took a full-count pitch from Bryan Mitchell for a called third strike.

    ‘‘The favorite part of the day was just being out here,’’ Winston said. ‘‘Being around a bunch of big league guys, and they proved it. They beat us.’’


    The quarterback led the Seminoles football team to the national championship with a 34-31 victory over Auburn Jan. 6. He’s made three scoreless appearances this season as the baseball team’s closer. Winston had a single in his only previous at-bat this year.

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    After the game, the Yankees said Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his debut in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.

    Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Japan Series title.

    Posey OK with rule

    Giants catcher Buster Posey, whose 2011 season was cut short after the Marlins’ Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, said that the home plate collision rule adopted by Major League Baseball and its players does a good thing by eliminating ‘‘malicious collisions.’’

    ‘‘I've always said that the main thing is for everybody to be comfortable with it, that the catchers and runners are protected,’’ said Posey.


    Posey broke a bone in his lower left leg and tore three ligaments in his ankle in the May 2011 collision, an injury that helped intensify debate over plate collisions. Posey returned in 2012 to win the National League MVP award.

    Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, said the rules committee leaned toward banning all home plate collisions but concluded it would be unrealistic because such contact is sometimes unavoidable.

    Greinke not thrilled

    It wouldn’t bother Zack Greinke if he didn’t have to travel for the Dodgers’ opener against Arizona in Australia. ‘‘I would say there is absolutely zero excitement about it,’’ Greinke told last weekend. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that organizers of the series March 22-23 demanded an explanation from the Dodgers and MLB. Officials assured them Greinke was speaking for only himself . . . Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is scheduled for an MRI of his surgically-repaired left ankle Friday to help determine whether he can accelerate his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery in October . . . Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin has no structural damage in his troublesome right throwing shoulder, but will remain sidelined at least another week . . . The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia will seek a second opinion on his surgically repaired shoulder . . . The Phillies’ Cole Hamels (sore biceps) will throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time this spring . . . Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, backed by Anheuser-Busch, is pitching the federal government to make Opening Day a national holiday. He’s leading a campaign to collect 100,000 signatures in 30 days, which would trigger a review by the Obama administration.