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 ...

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 ...