Tanaka wins 13th with gem against Rays

Baseball / MLB Sep 11, 2016

Tanaka wins 13th with gem against Rays

Masahiro Tanaka worked into the eighth inning, pitching the surging New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. After a half-hour rain delay, Tanaka (13-4) had trouble putting batters away. He threw a 22-pitch first inning, starting with a ...

Baseball / MLB Apr 13, 2016

Tanaka, Iwakuma set to face off

Former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma are scheduled to start against each other for the first time Sunday, when the New York Yankees host the Seattle Mariners. The two right-handers played together at Rakuten from 2007 to 2011. They would ...

Tanaka named starter for opener

Baseball / MLB Apr 1, 2016

Tanaka named starter for opener

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the New York Yankees on Opening Day for the second year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Thursday. The 27-year-old Tanaka will be just the second Japanese pitcher to start on Opening Day for two straight years in ...

Tanaka labors through two innings

Baseball / MLB Mar 18, 2016

Tanaka labors through two innings

Masahiro Tanaka had to stretch to find positives on Thursday from his third preseason start, when he allowed two runs in two innings. The New York Yankees right-hander allowed four hits and struck out one and hit a batter. Tanaka had been slated to go ...

Tanaka tosses three scoreless innings in second start of spring

Baseball / MLB Mar 12, 2016

Tanaka tosses three scoreless innings in second start of spring

Masahiro Tanaka fired three scoreless innings on Friday in his second preseason start, despite having poor command of his breaking pitches early on. "To some extent, my balance wasn't good while I was pitching," Tanaka told reporters after allowing one hit and striking out three ...

MLB stars remember 3/11

Baseball / MLB Mar 11, 2016

MLB stars remember 3/11

Five years on from the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that took so many lives, Japanese major leaguers who began their careers in the affected area cast their minds back to the disaster while promising to provide whatever inspiration they can from ...

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

Baseball / MLB Mar 3, 2016

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka overwhelmed minor leaguers in his first simulated game of the spring camp on Wednesday, striking out five of six batters with his 30 pitches. "It was better than I was expecting. I'm satisfied," said Tanaka, who started with a ...

New father Tanaka envisions 'special year' with Yankees

Baseball / MLB Feb 19, 2016

New father Tanaka envisions 'special year' with Yankees

A day before the start of his third spring training with the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka foresaw a special season ahead following the birth of his first child. Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, a day before the Yankees' pitchers and catchers begin ...