Tanaka labors through two innings

Mar 18, 2016

Tanaka labors through two innings

Masahiro Tanaka had to stretch to find positives on Thursday from his third preseason start, when he allowed two runs in two innings. The New York Yankees right-hander allowed four hits and struck out one and hit a batter. Tanaka had been slated to ...

Tanaka tosses three scoreless innings in second start of spring

Mar 12, 2016

Tanaka tosses three scoreless innings in second start of spring

Masahiro Tanaka fired three scoreless innings on Friday in his second preseason start, despite having poor command of his breaking pitches early on. “To some extent, my balance wasn’t good while I was pitching,” Tanaka told reporters after allowing one hit and striking out ...

MLB stars remember 3/11

Mar 11, 2016

MLB stars remember 3/11

Five years on from the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that took so many lives, Japanese major leaguers who began their careers in the affected area cast their minds back to the disaster while promising to provide whatever inspiration they can from ...

Tanaka sharp in first start of spring

Mar 7, 2016

Tanaka sharp in first start of spring

Masahiro Tanaka’s road to opening day is off to a promising start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings in his first spring appearance, but the New York Yankees lost 6-5 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Tanaka looked fine after having a procedure in ...

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

Mar 3, 2016

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka overwhelmed minor leaguers in his first simulated game of the spring camp on Wednesday, striking out five of six batters with his 30 pitches. “It was better than I was expecting. I’m satisfied,” said Tanaka, who started with ...

New father Tanaka envisions 'special year' with Yankees

Feb 19, 2016

New father Tanaka envisions 'special year' with Yankees

A day before the start of his third spring training with the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka foresaw a special season ahead following the birth of his first child. Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, a day before the Yankees’ pitchers and catchers ...

Feb 16, 2016

Tanaka's wife gives birth to baby boy

Masahiro Tanaka is now a dad, the New York Yankees said Monday. Tanaka’s wife, TV personality Mai Satoda, gave birth to a baby boy weighing 3,360 grams Monday afternoon, the Yankees said. Tanaka flew back to New York from the team’s spring training facility ...

Tanaka throws from mound for first time since surgery

Feb 14, 2016

Tanaka throws from mound for first time since surgery

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw from the mound on Saturday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in October. Tanaka, who had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, worked out behind closed doors after previously throwing from flat ...

Yankees pitcher Tanaka feels healthy

Feb 13, 2016

Yankees pitcher Tanaka feels healthy

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but isn’t sure when he’ll make his first regular-season start. “Can’t really say,” Tanaka said through a ...