Brian McCann was extremely excited to come to the ballpark Sunday, when he would have a chance to catch up with several of his pals on the Atlanta Braves.

Then his day got even better once he crouched behind the plate.

For the second time in the Grapefruit League season, the New York Yankees' $260 million battery of McCann and right-hander Masahiro Tanaka worked together, once again with encouraging results.

Tanaka allowed three hits and one run in 4 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the spring, striking out six and walking two in the Yankees' 7-4 win over the Braves. The Japanese ace was pulled after striking out Tyler Greene leading off the fifth with his 74th pitch, one short of his prescribed limit.

"He had it all going today,'' McCann said. "He got outs on every pitch that he has. He was working both sides of the plate. … He's not a comfortable at-bat for anybody.''

The veteran catcher remained stateside, rather than making the trip to Panama for the Legends Series honoring Mariano Rivera, so he could put in some time with Tanaka.

That also allowed McCann to face his former teammates for the first time since signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the Yankees in the offseason. The seven-time All-Star played his first nine seasons in Atlanta and was one of the team's most influential figures on the field and in the clubhouse.

"I grew up in that organization, from 18 years old until 29 years old,'' McCann said. "I really, really enjoyed my time there.''