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Tanaka ready to return for Yankees

AP

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is set to start Sunday, his first game since going on the disabled list in early July because of a partial tear in his right elbow.

New York manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Tanaka is ready to face Toronto. The Japanese star is expected to throw 70 to 75 pitches.

Tanaka was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA when he made his last start on July 8. The 25-year-old is in his first season in the majors after the Yankees paid $155 million to sign him.

Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and has tried to heal with rest and rehabilitation, rather than surgery.