Tanaka named starter for opener

Apr 1, 2016

Tanaka named starter for opener

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the New York Yankees on Opening Day for the second year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Thursday. The 27-year-old Tanaka will be just the second Japanese pitcher to start on Opening Day for two straight years ...

Improving Tanaka encourages Yankees

Mar 30, 2016

Improving Tanaka encourages Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka pitched four innings, allowing seven hits but just one run, and a split squad of New York Yankees led the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Tuesday when the game was rained out. The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes by rain and ...

Tanaka may not start opener for Yankees

Mar 29, 2016

Tanaka may not start opener for Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka’s final spring training start Tuesday against Philadelphia will likely determine whether he will be the the starter for the New York Yankees on Opening Day. Tanaka has a 7.36 ERA in four starts and gave up seven runs in four innings against ...

Tanaka struggles in latest outing

Mar 24, 2016

Tanaka struggles in latest outing

Masahiro Tanaka was solid in his first three spring training starts. The right-hander’s latest outing for the New York Yankees didn’t go nearly as well. Tanaka allowed seven runs and the Washington Nationals rolled to a 13-0 win Wednesday night. Tanaka had given up ...

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 ...