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After slow start, Tanaka finding stroke


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It seems Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka is starting to get the hang of Spring Training.

After going hitless in his first 10 Cactus League at-bats, Tanaka has recorded a hit in each of his last three games, including a 2-for-5 day Saturday in the Giants' 9-7 split-squad win over the Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium.

Tanaka had a first-inning double down the left-field line and also drove in a run in the four-run fourth on an infield groundout.

"He looks like his confidence is growing, getting a little acclimated," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's thrown out some pretty good at-bats."

Tanaka, who signed a Minor League deal in January, is competing for the club's second utility role behind Joaquin Arias. With his offensive game coming around, Tanaka also flashed impressive leather Saturday, getting the game's first out with a nice backhand play up the middle.

"He's a gifted defender at second," Bochy said.

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