Jose Abreu was getting his first taste of major-league pitching, and he didn’t want to push himself away from the table.

The prized free-agent first baseman, who had two at-bats from the cleanup spot during the team’s Cactus League opener Friday, showed patience at the plate and a little pop, too, lining out deep to left field before grounding out to second in a 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m trying to see a lot of pitches right now,’’ said Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract. “I want to get a feel for the strike zone, and I want to be able to see a lot of pitches so I feel comfortable swinging the bat.’’

It was only a spring-training game, but not for Abreu.

“I wasn’t that anxious, but it’s the first at-bat and it meant a lot and you do feel a certain level of anxiety,’’ Abreu said through a translator. “It was a very quality at-bat for me, and I was glad for that at-bat.’’

Abreu saw six pitches from left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first and five from right-hander Kenley Jansen in the fourth. Against Ryu, Abreu lost control of his bat, throwing it high off the screen near the on-deck circle on the third-base side.

“That first at-bat I felt was a very good one,’’ he said. “I was able to come back from a so-so swing to a better swing, and I connected.

“I want as many at-bats as I can prior to the season so I can be ready. It’s a matter of seeing the ball when you’re out there. I haven’t seen live pitching in a while.’’