Laird grateful for Fighters' support

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 8, 2016

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

by Jim Allen

Although the start of his Japan career was truly forgettable, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters third baseman Brandon Laird has not forgotten those who helped him get through it. Laird was named the May winner of the Pacific League's Player of the Month Award on Tuesday, ...

Tanaka falls in playoff debut

Baseball / MLB Oct 7, 2015

Tanaka falls in playoff debut

Masahiro Tanaka's first foray into the major league postseason was a wild one as poor control haunted him in the New York Yankees' 3-0 wildcard playoff loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Tanaka allowed two runs in five innings to take the loss, as ...

Tanaka to start Yankees' wild-card game against Astros

Baseball / MLB Oct 5, 2015

Tanaka to start Yankees' wild-card game against Astros

Masahiro Tanaka has been named to start Tuesday's American League wild-card playoff game for the New York Yankees against the Houston Astros, manager Joe Girardi said Sunday. "He is pitching," Girardi said. "That was the guy we were planning on pitching in that one-game playoff, ...

Tanaka has another rough start as Yanks beat Astros

Baseball / MLB Jun 28, 2015

Tanaka has another rough start as Yanks beat Astros

Masahiro Tanaka gave up three home runs for the second straight game in blowing a six-run lead over five innings for the New York Yankees, who pulled out a 9-6 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Coming off his worst career start, Tanaka, who ...