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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Masahiro Tanaka was masterful in Thursday's shutout win over the Red Sox, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 victory.
Tanaka didn't do it with overpowering stuff, striking out just three, but he got 16 ground ball outs and needed just 97 pitches to finish the deed. The win was Tanaka's third in a row, and after a rocky start to the year he's now 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. The 28-year-old will take on the struggling Blue Jays in his next start Tuesday. Apr 27 - 11:09 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run on six hits to earn an easy victory as the Yankees defeated the White Sox 9-1 on Wednesday.

This is the sort of game his owners were expecting when they drafted him. He struck out six and walked two while his offense backed him up with plenty of run support. He has a 2-1 record despite a poor 6.00 ERA, which can be blamed on his terrible Opening Day start. He has been good in his three subsequent outings. His next start will come Wednesday on the road versus the Red Sox.
Apr 19 - 11:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka picked up his first victory of the 2017 season on Friday, limiting the Cardinals to two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

The right-hander walked two and struck out five on the evening. After two miserable starts to begin the season, it looked like it could be more of the same in this one when Matt Carpenter belted a two-run homer in the first inning. Tanaka was able to settle in nicely afterwards though and kept the Cardinals off the board the remainder of the evening. He'll look to further improve upon his 8.36 ERA and 1.93 WHIP when he does battle against the White Sox at home on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 10:07 PM

Masahiro Tanaka yielded three runs in five innings and didn't come away with a decision against the Orioles on Saturday.

He struggled with his control, issuing four walks in addition to six hits. He did manage to strike out five batters. He wasn't at this best today but it was a big improvement over his first start when he was pounded for seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings. The Yankees' ace will look to get back on track against the Rays on Thursday.
Apr 8 - 7:49 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was lit up for seven earned runs over just 2 2/3 innings Sunday in his Opening Day start against the Rays.

Tanaka didn't have much action on his splitter in this one, and the Rays took advantage with eight hits, including homers by Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison. Tanaka put up excellent numbers this spring in the Grapefruit League, but those stats are usually pretty meaningless. The right-hander will try for better in his second start of the season against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Apr 2 - 5:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka finished off his excellent Grapefruit League showing by allowing two runs -- one earned -- over five frames versus the Tigers on Tuesday.

Tanaka recorded six strikeouts while walking two and yielding three base knocks. No one has pitched better than the Yankees' right-hander this spring, as Tuesday was the first earned run he gave up across 23 2/3 innings, and he also boasts a 28/5 K/BB ratio. Tanaka looks ready to take on the Rays in Tampa on Sunday.
Mar 28 - 11:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka has been named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

It's no surprise, of course. He'll be followed by CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, with the other two spots in the rotation to be determined. Tanaka put up a 3.07 ERA across 31 starts for the Yankees last season.
Mar 24 - 3:58 PM

Masahiro Tanaka kept his scoreless streak intact through 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Wednesday.

It was almost ended by opposing starter Vincent Velasquez, whose bid for a three-run homer curved just foul. Tanaka, though, escaped that one, as he has every inning he's pitched this spring. He's up to 18 2/3 innings without surrendering a run.
Mar 22 - 4:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six in 4 1/3 innings and combined with two relievers on a no-hitter Friday against the Tigers.

Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth, and Jordan Montgomery worked the final four innings without incident. Tanaka hasn't allowed a hit in either of his last two stats, and he still hasn't given up a run in 13 1/3 innings this spring. Let's hope he saves some of this for the regular season.
Mar 17 - 4:11 PM

Masahiro Tanaka punched out seven batters in four perfect innings during a 7-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

No runs, no hits and no walks. That makes a total of nine scoreless frames so far this spring for the Yankees' ace. He appears to be in mid-season form already. Tanaka started 31 games for New York in 2016, registering a 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts in 199 2/3 innings.
Mar 11 - 3:34 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four Sunday against the Pirates.

Tanaka has been sharp, striking out six and walking none in five scoreless innings to date. Last year, he had a 7.36 ERA in his four spring starts.
Mar 5 - 4:50 PM

Masahiro Tanaka opened his spring with two perfect innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

Tanaka, one of the AL's best pitchers last year, has already been named the Yankees' Opening Day starter. He's still something of an injury risk, but he doesn't come with as many questions this year as he did in 2016.
Feb 28 - 4:51 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Masahiro Tanaka as his probable Opening Day starter.

Girardi didn't make that announcement until just before the end of spring training last year, but he got it out of the way early this time. Of course, it's not a big surprise. Tanaka owns a 3.12 ERA over 75 starts over his first three seasons in the majors.
Feb 14 - 11:15 AM

Masahiro Tanaka will not pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

"Taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate," Tanaka told the Associated Press. The Yankees apparently left it up to Tanaka as to whether he'd pitch for his native country, but they're surely relieved he's decided against it. Tanaka has been pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow since at least July of 2014 and is coming off a season where he threw 199 2/3 innings.
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the club hasn't discussed an extension with Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka is about to enter the fourth year of his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees, but he has the ability to opt out and test free agency after 2017. The club intends to wait things out for now. Tanaka, 28, owns a 3.12 ERA (132 ERA+) over his first 75 starts in the majors.
Jan 11 - 11:18 AM

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C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
3Kyle Higashioka
1B1Greg Bird
2Chris Carter
3Tyler Austin
2B1Starlin Castro
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Ronald Torreyes
3Pete Kozma
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Matt Holliday
Starting Pitcher
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3CC Sabathia
4Luis Severino
5Bryan Mitchell
6Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Dellin Betances
3Tyler Clippard
4Tommy Layne
5Adam Warren
6Jonathan Holder