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 ...

Tanaka fans 10 in no-decision

Apr 10, 2014

Tanaka fans 10 in no-decision

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 over seven innings of his first start at Yankee Stadium, showing off the nasty split-fingered fastball that made him the prize pitcher of the offseason after going 24-0 with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. But he also gave up ...

Tanaka wins MLB debut

Apr 5, 2014

Tanaka wins MLB debut

Masahiro Tanaka knew the English words he needed to answer a question about the last time he’d been this anxious before a big game. “Japan Series,” Tanaka said, referring to last season’s championship in which he saved the clinching seventh game. Nerves were an ...

Tanaka fans 10 in final spring outing

Mar 29, 2014

Tanaka fans 10 in final spring outing

Masahiro Tanaka got 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the New York Yankees beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Friday. It was Tanaka’s final spring appearance for the Yankees. The Japanese right-hander replaced starter Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning, allowed three hits ...

Tanaka struggles in victory

Mar 23, 2014

Tanaka struggles in victory

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs over 5⅔ innings on Saturday and earned the win in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tanaka, who has shown periodic lack of control but plenty of movement on his pitches in his first ...

Tanaka escapes jams in third start of spring

Mar 17, 2014

Tanaka escapes jams in third start of spring

The New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run in 4⅓-innings Sunday in a 7-4 preseason win against the Atlanta Braves. Pitching in his third preseason game and making his second start, Tanaka escaped with just one run on three hits despite control issues ...

Carp ace Maeda puts focus on raising level

Mar 17, 2014

Carp ace Maeda puts focus on raising level

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda has made no secret of his desire to pitch in the big leagues, but said that will depend on how much he can raise his game. Maeda, who won the 2010 Sawamura Award as Japan’s best starting pitcher and ...

Tanaka allows HR to Phillies in 2nd outing

Mar 7, 2014

Tanaka allows HR to Phillies in 2nd outing

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits including a solo home run in his first spring start for the New York Yankees on Thursday, but otherwise kept the Philadelphia Phillies quiet in his three innings of a 4-3 win. The 25-year-old Tanaka, who took the ...

Tanaka looks sharp in debut

Mar 2, 2014

Tanaka looks sharp in debut

Masahiro Tanaka made an effective if unremarkable spring debut on Saturday with the New York Yankees, who signed the Pacific League MVP and two-time Sawamura Award winner on a seven-year deal worth $155 million. The 25-year-old Tanaka struck out three and allowed two singles ...

Tanaka goes through first official workout with Yankees

Feb 16, 2014

Tanaka goes through first official workout with Yankees

As dozens of cameras recorded his every move and perhaps 150 media watched on a cool and breezy morning, Masahiro Tanaka slowly jogged four laps on the warning track around a back field following his first official workout with the New York Yankees. The ...

Tanaka begins training as a Yankee

Feb 14, 2014

Tanaka begins training as a Yankee

Masahiro Tanaka shed the dark business suit and put on a gray Yankees T-shirt and blue shorts. Time to get to work. After agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 22 and chartering from Tokyo to New York in a 787 for ...