Tanaka tops majors in wins

Jun 18, 2014

Tanaka tops majors in wins

Once Masahiro Tanaka overcame that early jolt from Jose Reyes, the rookie did just fine. Tanaka gave up a home run to Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto ...

Tanaka puts on show again

Jun 12, 2014

Tanaka puts on show again

Superlatives will be scarce come September if Masahiro Tanaka continues this pace. For now, Joe Girardi and the rest of the New York Yankees are just thankful they have the Japanese right-hander pitching like one of the best in baseball. “He’s been really, really ...

Jun 10, 2014

Tanaka-Iwakuma showdown called off due to rain

Former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma, who were scheduled to face off in a pitching duel on Tuesday in Seattle, will not face each other this week after Tanaka’s schedule in the New York Yankees rotation was pushed ahead ...

Tanaka, now 9-1, cements status as Yankees ace

Jun 6, 2014

Tanaka, now 9-1, cements status as Yankees ace

In a season full of bumps for the New York Yankees, there has been one sure thing. Namely, Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland 2-1 Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-game ...

Jun 4, 2014

Tanaka named AL pitcher of month

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has been selected the American League pitcher of the month for May. Still, the Japanese star says he’s not satisfied with his performance in the major leagues despite his success. “On the mound, some of the stuff I want to ...

Cubs end Tanaka's win streak

May 21, 2014

Cubs end Tanaka's win streak

All Masahiro Tanaka could do was put this one behind him and look forward to his next start. He’ll be hard-pressed to match an unbeaten streak like this, though. Tanaka had his unbeaten regular-season run snapped at 42 starts, allowing a career-high four runs ...

Tanaka baffles Mets in win

May 15, 2014

Tanaka baffles Mets in win

Masahiro Tanaka has been every bit the ace the New York Yankees went shopping for last winter. Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a ...

Iwakuma wins season debut after return from injury

May 4, 2014

Iwakuma wins season debut after return from injury

Hisashi Iwakuma won his season debut Saturday, pitching 6⅔ innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat the host Houston Astros 9-8. Iwakuma missed more than a month at the start of the season with a torn extensor tendon in his right middle finger, but ...

Yankees edge Angels

Apr 28, 2014

Yankees edge Angels

The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka struggled with his command on Sunday night but still held the high-scoring Los Angeles Angels to two earned runs in 6⅓ innings as New York came from behind to win 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka, who entered the game with ...

Tanaka wins Fenway debut

Apr 23, 2014

Tanaka wins Fenway debut

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s introduction to the rivalry between his new club and the Boston Red Sox was more ice than fire on Tuesday with 7⅓ cool innings in a 9-3 win on a rainy evening at storied Fenway Park. Tanaka (3-0) allowed ...

Tanaka sizzles on frigid day as Yanks sweep Cubs in DH

Apr 17, 2014

Tanaka sizzles on frigid day as Yanks sweep Cubs in DH

Forget the cold. The Chicago Cubs faced a much tougher challenge in Masahiro Tanaka. The Cubs managed two bunt singles, one aided by replay, and struck out 10 times against the rookie in losing 3-0 to New York in the opener of a split ...