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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Masahiro Tanaka shut out the Cubs for eight innings as the Yankees grabbed a 3-0 win in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Tanaka was scheduled to pitch on Tuesday but the game was called because of rain. He looked well-rested on Wednesday afternoon, yielding just two hits and one walk over his eight shutout frames while racking up 10 strikeouts. It was Tanaka's most dominant start so far in the major leagues, and he'll carry an outstanding 2-0 record, 2.05 ERA, and 0.77 WHIP into his next scheduled outing against the Red Sox. Apr 16 - 4:04 PM

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Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.

It's currently raining in the Bronx and the forecast doesn't get more promising going into the evening, so they decided to nix things early. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Apr 15 - 11:31 AM

Despite striking out 10, Masahiro Tanaka surrendered three runs in seven innings to take a no-decision Wednesday against the Orioles.

All of the runs came on a Jonathan Schoop homer that almost went foul, though to be fair, it was a lousy hanging slider that deserved to be crushed. Tanaka didn't make a whole lot of other mistakes, but the big one was enough to cost him a chance at a win tonight.
Apr 9 - 11:44 PM

Masahiro Tanaka picked up a victory in his MLB debut on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven strong innings against the Blue Jays.

The 25-year-old hurler fanned eight in the impressive outing without walking a batter. Melky Cabrera greeted him with a solo homer to lead off the first inning, but Tanaka was able to settle in very nicely afterwards. He exhibited good command of all of his pitches, throwing 65 of his 97 offerings for strikes. He’ll look to replicate this start when he takes on the Orioles at home on Wednesday.
Apr 4 - 11:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 Marlins over six innings of work in Friday's 3-0 win.

Tanaka piggybacked on Hiroki Kuroda's start and showed no ill effects of coming out of the pen, allowing just three hits and no runs over the final six innings of the game. The right-hander finishes his first major league spring with a 2.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings of work. He should be fun to watch this year.
Mar 28 - 9:44 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings and struck out six in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

It may have been Tanaka's weakest outing so far this spring, but it got him his first victory. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 16/3 K/BB ratio through 15 innings. It sounds like the Yankees will slot him in as their fourth starter, in part because they don't want Hiroki Kuroda and him throwing back-to-back.
Mar 22 - 5:39 PM

Masahiro Tanaka held the Braves to one run over 4 1/3 innings and struck out six Sunday in the Yankees' 7-4 victory.

Tanaka didn't get through five innings as planned, but he was effective once again. He's allowed two runs and struck out 10 in 9 1/3 innings this spring. His splitter is going to be quite a weapon this season.
Mar 16 - 4:29 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run in three innings Thursday in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Phillies.

Freddy Galvis homered in the third for the first run off Tanaka in his two starts. That was one of just two hits he allowed today. He struck out one and got seven of his other eight outs on the ground.
Mar 6 - 5:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings, striking out three, against the Phillies on Saturday.

Tanaka allowed a couple of singles, but he was pretty sharp in his first appearance for the Yankees. He hit 94-95 mph on the gun, if only a couple of times, and he unleashed a couple of very good splitters in his second inning of work. Nothing less should have been expected.
Mar 1 - 4:04 PM

Masahiro Tanaka said he signed with the Yankees because they "gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team."

We assume that giving Tanaka the "highest evaluation" means that New York offered the most money. The Yankees doled out a seven-year, $155 million contract to the Japanese sensation on Wednesday. The contract included an opt-out clause after four years and a full no-trade clause. The 25-year-old went 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over seven seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball. He'll front the Yankees' rotation next year and be a valued commodity in spring drafts.
Jan 23 - 9:03 AM

Yankees signed RHP Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract.

It's official. Tanaka can opt out of the contract after four years while the contract includes a full no-trade clause. The 25-year-old isn't as highly-regarded as Yu Darvish, but the Yankees are paying him like an ace. Signing with the Dodgers would have been better for Tanaka's fantasy prospects, but he'll surely be a very popular name on draft day nonetheless.
Jan 22 - 1:33 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that the team never made a formal offer to Masahiro Tanaka.

It doesn't come as a big surprise, as the Angels did not have a meeting with Tanaka during his recent visit to the United States. The Angels still need pitching, so there's a chance they could make a run at one of the remaining free agents, most notably Matt Garza.
Jan 22 - 1:25 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Masahiro Tanaka received a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Yankees.

Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Bombers. He has the ability to opt out of the deal after four years. His 22.1 million AAV (average annual value) is eighth-highest among active pitchers. It's a huge price to pay for someone who has never pitched in the majors, but the Yankees expect him to be a difference-maker right away. The 25-year-old went 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over seven seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Jan 22 - 12:31 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have reached agreement with Masahiro Tanaka on a seven-year, $155 million contract.

The Yankees made no secret of the fact that they were going for Tanaka and they ultimately got their man. The deal includes an opt-out after four years, which would allow him to test free agency after his age-28 season. Despite never throwing a pitch in the majors, Tanaka managed to land the fifth-highest contract ever for a starting pitcher. The Yankees will still have to pay a $20 million posting fee to Tanaka's old team in Japan (the Rakuten Golden Eagles) and are now very unlikely to keep their payroll under $189 million for 2014, but their active offseason has sent a clear message to their fans and the other teams in the AL East.
Jan 22 - 9:42 AM

According to Steve Gilbert of, the Diamondbacks are no longer in the running for Masahiro Tanaka.

It's unclear whether this means that Tanaka has decided on a team. The 25-year-old has until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to finalize an agreement, with teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox, Mariners, Blue Jays, and Astros all reportedly interested. Some estimate that he will receive a contract in the range of six years and $120 million.
Jan 22 - 8:40 AM

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C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
2Dean Anna
3Scott Sizemore
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Kelly Johnson
2Yangervis Solarte
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Alfonso Soriano
Starting Pitcher
S1CC Sabathia
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Masahiro Tanaka
4Ivan Nova
5Michael Pineda
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Shawn Kelley
3Matt Thornton
4Dellin Betances
5Adam Warren
6David Phelps
7Vidal Nuno
8Cesar Cabral
9Shane Greene