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 ...

Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

Feb 12, 2014

Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood on the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled. “Hello. My name is Masahiro Tanaka,” he said slowly in English. “I’m very happy ...

Feb 9, 2014

Pitcher Tanaka leaves for New York

High-priced right-hander Masahiro Tanaka departed on Sunday for New York to begin his major league career. Because of the heavy snowfall that blanketed the Tokyo area the day before, it took the former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace 8½ hours to go from the ...

Feb 7, 2014

Yankees to unveil Tanaka on Tuesday

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year deal worth $155 million with the New York Yankees last month, will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, it was learned Friday. Tanaka, who went 24-0 last season to help pitch the ...

Feb 1, 2014

Yanks ask for help with Tanaka's visa

The New York Yankees have called on New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to speed up Masahiro Tanaka’s visa application, so he will be on time for spring training, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition Friday. Pitchers and catchers are to ...

Jan 30, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club’s departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at ...