Masahiro Tanaka was able to put his early-inning trouble behind him in a dominant outing against the Cubs in a 3-0 win on Wednesday in the first game of a split doubleheader in The Bronx.

The right-hander overmatched Chicago’s feeble lineup, allowing just a bunt single to Junior Lake in the second inning until the seventh, when Anthony Rizzo bunted against the shift for another hit.
Tanaka struck out 10 in eight shutout innings and might have flirted with a no-hitter if not for instant replay.

Lake was initially ruled out by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the call and replays showed Lake was clearly safe ahead of Tanaka’s throw to first.
Tanaka seemed unaffected by the changed call — or the chilly conditions. The temperature at first pitch was 43 degrees, but Joe Girardi was confident it wouldn’t bother Tanaka, who he said was accustomed to pitching in cool weather in Japan.

“He’s pitched in cold weather,” Girardi said before the game. “I don’t know how it will affect him. I don’t think it’s completely foreign to him.”

He also took advantage of the added rest he received thanks to Tuesday’s rainout.

“We know he’s more accustomed to pitching with more rest,” Girardi said. “But he’s also somewhat adapted to our lifestyle, [pitching] every fifth day. With him getting the extra day, it’s the best of both worlds. We’re easing him into our schedule.”

Tanaka issued a walk in the first to Justin Ruggiano. Following the Lake single, Tanaka retired the next 14 batters he faced, including seven by strikeout.