Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

Baseball / MLB Feb 16, 2017

Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said Wednesday he was honored to have been selected to start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row. The Yankees announced the previous day that the 28-year-old Tanaka would start for the visiting ...

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

Baseball / MLB Feb 15, 2017

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday. Should Tanaka take the mound as scheduled when the 2017 Major League Baseball season begins April 2, he will ...

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 6, 2016

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka urged Japanese baseball's two-way phenom Shohei Otani to head to the majors as soon as possible if he wants to land the best deal he can. "If you have what it takes, I think the younger you are the ...

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 ...