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Yankees lose to Hanshin, 11-7
03/29/2004  1:10 AM ET
TOKYO -- The Yankees played their second exhibition game against a Japanese team in less than 24 hours, but the matchup against the Hanshin Tigers didn't create the stir at the Tokyo Dome that Sunday night's game against the Yomiuri Giants did.

New York lost to Hanshin, 11-7, as former Major Leaguer George Arias led the Tigers with five RBIs. The Yankees went 1-1 in the two exhibition contests, as they prepare for Tuesday night's regular-season opener against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, as John Flaherty scored on a wild pitch by Hanshin starter Katsuhiko Maekawa. But the Tigers answered back in the bottom of the inning, roughing up Yankees starter Donovan Osborne.

Osborne was hit hard in the frame, allowing seven runs on seven hits. Arias knocked in two runs and scored another in the inning, as six different Tigers contributed with RBIs.

    Donovan Osborne   /   P
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: S/L

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Osborne allowed nine hits in two innings of work, walking one and striking out one.

Flaherty cut into the lead in the fourth, blasting a two-run home run to left field. Derek Jeter added an RBI single later in the inning to bring the Yankees within three runs, as Hanshin led, 7-4.

Tony Clark hit a monster solo home run in the fifth. The ball landed on the netting above the fans in right-center field, making it 7-5.

    Hideki Matsui   /   OF
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: L/R

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Hideki Matsui played three and a half innings on Monday, going 1-for-3. He trotted out to left field before the bottom of the fourth, but Torre called him back to the dugout, allowing him to receive another ovation from his hometown fans.

"I feel good about how I am hitting now," Matsui said. "I had this feeling even before coming to Japan. I'm looking forward to coming out to play for the season opener tomorrow."

Catcher Akihiro Yano, who had singled and doubled earlier in the game, padded the lead in the bottom of the fifth with an inside-the-park home run to center field.

    Jorge De Paula   /   P
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 160
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Jorge De Paula, who is trying to wrest the fifth-starter job away from Osborne, allowed one run on four hits in three innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.

Arias, who played in the Majors from 1996-99 with the Angels and Padres, added a three-run home run in the sixth against Jimmy Mann, putting Hanshin back on top by six runs.

Mike Mussina will take the mound for New York on Tuesday, while Victor Zambrano gets the Opening Day nod for Tampa Bay.

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