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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
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Masahiro Tanaka was charged with two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday.
Tanaka allowed just three hits while shutting down the Red Sox over the first six innings, but he unraveled in the seventh by giving up three hits, including a game-tying double to Jackie Bradley, Jr. He struck out five and walked none. Tanaka only has one win to his credit thus far, but he owns a 2.87 ERA through his first five starts and has allowed exactly two earned runs in all of them. He’ll face the Orioles on the road next time out. Apr 29 - 10:13 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched well in a no-decision on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings against the Rays.

Tanaka punched out seven on the afternoon while walking just one. He allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, including a solo homer by Kevin Kiermaier. He has been extremely effective in the early-going, compiling a 2.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 23/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston.
Apr 23 - 4:41 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was sharp in Sunday's win over the Mariners, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings.

Tanaka has yet to put together a truly dominant start, but Sunday's was a step in the right direction. He struck out six without walking a batter -- this after walking four Blue Jays last time out. Through his seven innings, he threw just 93 pitches. It took him 92 to make it through five innings against Toronto. Tanaka will look to build momentum off his stifling of the Mariner bats in a home battle with the Rays next time he takes the ball.
Apr 17 - 3:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six but walked four and allowed two runs over five frames in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Tanaka wasn't terribly sharp in this one, issuing the four free passes and hitting a batter while needing 92 pitches to get through his five innings. However, he was able to limit the damage for the most part and the Yankees came back to win, netting him a no-decision. Tanaka gets the Mariners at home this weekend.
Apr 12 - 11:01 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will get an extra day of rest before making his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Tanaka was scheduled to face the Tigers on Sunday night in Detroit before rain washed away their series finale. With the new arrangement, he'll get double starts next week, also toeing the slab on Sunday against the Mariners.
Apr 10 - 10:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Astros to two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in an Opening Day loss.

The actual loss was charged to Dellin Betances, who got roughed up in the top of the eighth inning when the Astros took the lead for good. Tanaka was actually pretty sharp considering he was supposed to pitch Monday and the temperatures were near-freezing at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He struck out four, walked just one, and gave up only four hits. A road date with the Tigers is next.
Apr 5 - 4:45 PM

Monday's season-opener between the Yankees and Astros has been postponed due to bad weather in New York.

The forecast calls for rain, high winds, and maybe even some snow this afternoon (through the evening) in New York City. The game will be made up Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET -- on what was supposed to be a scheduled off day for both clubs. Masahiro Tanaka was lined up to pitch Monday at home against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. They'll simply slide back 24 hours.
Apr 4 - 8:35 AM

Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees on Opening Day against the Astros.

It hasn't been the cleanest of springs for Tanaka (7.36 ERA in four appearances) and his right elbow seems to be a ticking time bomb, but he'll carry high-level fantasy potential for however long he can stay healthy. Tanaka did throw four innings of one-run ball in his final Grapefruit League start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Mar 31 - 2:19 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and seven hits over four innings before Tuesday's game between a Yankees split-squad and the Phillies was rained out.

The Yankees were up 7-1 at the time. Tanaka never allowed a run after the first, but he wasn't exactly stellar. The Phillies were rallying in the third when a run was cut down at home plate. In the fourth, Tanaka was struggling some with a wet mound, though that was certainly understandable. Supposedly, Tanaka needed a solid outing today to secure the Opening Day nod for the Yankees. We're not sure if this qualifies, but we're also not sure why the Yankees would think it's a good idea to shake things up by bypassign him.
Mar 29 - 4:10 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched two innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Pirates.

The Yankees surely wanted Tanaka to pitch at least three innings today, but he just wasn't efficient at all. Fortunately, he came out of the performance feeling fine. He's still on track to start during the first week of the season, perhaps on Opening Day.
Mar 17 - 5:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched three scoreless innings against the Orioles on Friday.

Tanaka allowed one hit, walked none and struck out three. He's been sharp in both of his spring outings, erasing any doubts about his availability for Opening Day.
Mar 11 - 3:44 PM

Masahiro Tanaka worked two scoreless innings and struck out two Sunday against the Phillies.

There's been some doubt about Tanaka's status for Opening Day, but he's eased that. It doesn't mean he can't have a setback before then, but Tanaka should be a fine starter while healthy this year. He's just not a very good bet to pitch 180-200 innings.
Mar 6 - 5:46 PM

Masahiro Tanaka aims to pitch 200 innings this season.

His career-high is only 154. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild believes 200 is a realistic goal for Tanaka but stressed that reaching that number would require careful planning. Tanaka is coming off minor elbow surgery and may not be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 22 - 11:10 AM

According to Yankees' pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) looked good in his first bullpen session on Sunday.

Tanaka, throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery to remove a bone chip in his elbow, threw around 20 pitches in the session. The Yankees believe that he's right where he should be at this point in his recovery, though his stamina is slightly behind the other starters in camp.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 14 - 4:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) indicated Friday that he "can't say for sure" whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery in late November to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He's nearing mound work and says he's "perfectly healthy," although it wouldn't be a surprise if the Yankees take it slowly with him this spring. Ultimately, he should be fine well in advance of Opening Day. The bigger injury concern with Tanaka remains the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that he's been pitching through.
Feb 12 - 12:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Greg Bird
2B1Starlin Castro
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4Luis Severino
5CC Sabathia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Andrew Miller
3Dellin Betances
4Chasen Shreve
5Ivan Nova
6Kirby Yates
7Bryan Mitchell
8Johnny Barbato
9Branden Pinder
10Nick Goody
11James Pazos