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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Masahiro Tanaka is in line to start the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Tanaka, who recently suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain, allowed four runs in five innings in his return to action Wednesday against the Red Sox. He came out of game feeling good, so he remains on track to start Tuesday's elimination game. Oct 1 - 5:02 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Tanaka's stuff wasn't great in this one, and it certainly wasn't the tuneup the Yankees were hoping for as the lead in to next week's wild card game. Tanaka is still likely the favorite to start that one, even though it seems like the Yankees' best pitcher right now is Luis Severino. Tanaka finishes the year 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts. Even with the diminished velocity, he'll take a 0.99 WHIP into the postseason.
Sep 30 - 11:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will return to the Yankees' rotation Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Tanaka was skipped on his last turn through the rotation with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He made it through a couple of bullpen sessions over the weekend without issue. The right-hander boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 136/26 K/BB ratio in 149 innings this season for the Yankees.
Sep 28 - 3:57 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he's not sure when Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will make his next start.

Tanaka threw a bullpen session Friday and the feeling had been that he'd be slotted back into the rotation early this week. However, it sounds like the Yanks may wait a bit longer. Since they're virtually locked into the first Wild Card spot, they can afford to be cautious. "I think he’ll pitch. I’m pretty confident in that," Girardi said. "But as I said, we have to make sure that he’s where he needs to be before we put him out there."
Sep 27 - 9:36 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) threw a successful bullpen session Friday and is expected to rejoin the Yankees' rotation early next week.

Tanaka admitted that his hamstring injury is "not completely gone," but he thinks it's good enough to pitch through. He'll pitch either on Monday or Tuesday against the Red Sox. Tanaka boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio across 149 innings this season.
Sep 25 - 4:41 PM

The Yankees announced Thursday that Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will throw a bullpen in the coming days, and could be cleared to rejoin the starting rotation as early as Monday or Tuesday.

That's predicated by the fact that he makes it through the bullpen session without any issues. Even while pitching through several injuries this season, Tanaka owns a terrific 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio across 149 innings.
Sep 24 - 10:17 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that Masahiro Tanaka is dealing with a grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss his next scheduled start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

It's unclear how long the issue will sideline him for, but he is expected to return this season. The 26-year-old hurler has battled through several injuries this season, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio over his 149 innings.
Sep 20 - 5:47 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well in defeat during Friday's contest with the Mets, surrendering two runs over six innings.

Both runs on Tanaka's line scored via the home run, as Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy took him deep for solo shots in the second and sixth innings. The Yankee workhorse still owns a strong 3.38 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, though he's also allowed 24 homers in 23 starts covering 149 innings. He'll head out on the road to face the Blue Jays in the Yankees' next series, in what will probably be the Bombers last real chance to make a run at the AL East.
Sep 18 - 10:38 PM

Masahiro Tanaka helped the Yankees keep pace in the AL East, tossing seven shutout innings in Sunday's win.

It was a pretty easy outing for Tanaka, as he limited the Jays to only four hits while walking none and striking out seven. With the win, the Yankees move back to within 3.5 games of first place in the AL East. Tanaka will head into a weekend road start against the Mets with a 12-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and a 132/26 K/BB ratio over 143 innings.
Sep 13 - 3:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched quite well, striking out 10 over eight innings of one-run ball, but was left with a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Tanaka made one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Ryan Flaherty to lead off the sixth inning. He allowed six hits and a walk on the evening. The outing ranks as one of Tanaka's better starts on the year. He owns a 3.57 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP and a 125/26 K/BB ratio over 136 innings. He'll face the Blue Jays at home next.
Sep 8 - 10:31 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It wasn't the best outing Tanaka has ever had, but it didn't need to be as the Yanks batters provided him 13 runs of support. Tanaka gave up six hits and a walk, striking out five in the win. The right-hander improved to 11-6 with a 3.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/25 K/BB ratio through 20 starts. Tanaka will next take the mound Tuesday against the Orioles.
Sep 2 - 7:42 PM

Masahiro Tanaka improved to 10-6 in Friday's win over the Braves, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings.

After Tanaka's offense spotted him a 5-0 lead in the first inning, he allowed an RBI single by Freddie Freeman and a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher in the bottom of the frame. The Yankees would score four more times in the second, though, and at that point the game might as well have been over. Tanaka struck out seven and walked one on the evening while improving to 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He'll head to Fenway for a Wednesday afternoon start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 28 - 11:13 PM

Masahiro Tanaka fell to the Indians on Friday after giving up four runs (three earned) over six-plus innings.

He was pulled in the top of the seventh after giving up a leadoff single to Jose Ramirez, who eventually came around to score. All told, Tanaka allowed seven hits (including a solo homer to Carlos Santana) and one walk while striking out three. The 26-year-old has alternated wins and losses over his last six starts and now stands at 9-6 on the season. He'll bring a 3.61 ERA into another home start against the Astros next week.
Aug 22 - 12:05 AM

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, punching out eight over nine innings of one-run ball.

The right-hander allowed just five hits and three walks, needing only 112 pitches to navigate through his first complete game of the season. The only trouble he encountered came in the fourth inning, where the Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs and Tanaka fell behind 2-0 to Josh Donaldson. Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to plate the Jays' lone run, but Tanaka was able to evade further damage. Now 9-5 on the season, he'll carry a 3.56 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 100/22 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Indians on Thursday.
Aug 15 - 4:12 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well but took a loss Sunday, yielding two runs across six innings against the Blue Jays.

Tanaka served up solo home runs to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista but was otherwise excellent, allowing one single with no walks and five strikeouts. It was a little curious to see him pulled after just 80 pitches, but the Yankees' bullpen shut the Jays down the rest of the way. Tanaka will take on Toronto again in his next trip to the hill, with that outing taking place on the road.
Aug 9 - 4:27 PM

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