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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
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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

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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

Masahiro Tanaka told the Japan Times that he hopes to pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees surely have an opinion on that, so Tanaka indicated that nothing has been set in stone about his involvement. It's worth noting that Tanaka has the ability to opt out of his contract after 2017 and test free agency, so it might be in his best interests to take it easy in the spring and focus on the season ahead.
Source: Japan Times
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:25:00 AM

The Yankees announced Friday that they'll skip Masahiro Tanaka's final start of the season on Saturday.

With nothing left to play for, there's no reason to push the right-hander any further than necessary. He finishes a terrific 2016 campaign with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 165/36 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. Luis Severino will start in his place on Saturday against the Orioles.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 08:34:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that he's "absolutely" ready to start Saturday against the Orioles.

It's obviously good news that Tanaka feels up to the task, but whether he takes the ball Saturday or not isn't up to him. If the Yankees are officially eliminated by then -- which is likely -- there would seem to be a good chance they'll play it safe and go ahead and shut him down.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday and is planning to start Saturday.

But it's not clear if the Yankees will allow him to go ahead with that start given that they're pretty much out of Wild Card contention (and will almost certainly be eliminated by Saturday). Tanaka was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Blue Jays after being diagnosed with a slight forearm strain. There should be something more official in a couple days.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:48:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays due to a lower forearm strain.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi described it as a "slight, slight, slight" flexor mass strain, but the club obviously didn't want to push it. The skipper added that if it were the regular season, Tanaka "probably" would not require a disabled list stint. Tanaka, who will be shut down for five days, said he has "no pain at all" but is experiencing some tightness. The right-hander expects to be ready for a start sometime next week, although if the Yankees are eliminated by then they might play it safe and just shut him down.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs but still got a win, yielding four runs over six innings in a victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

All four of the solo longballs came in the third inning, including three in a row to Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson. He gave up seven total hits and a pair of bases-on-balls while fanning five. Tanaka was able to advance his record to 14-4 despite the home run barrage. He owns an excellent 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 36 walks in 199 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 10:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
3Kyle Higashioka
1B1Greg Bird
2Chris Carter
3Tyler Austin
4Ji-Man Choi
2B1Starlin Castro
2Rob Refsnyder
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
2Ronald Torreyes
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Aaron Judge
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Matt Holliday
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3CC Sabathia
4Luis Severino
5Adam Warren
6Chad Green
7Luis Cessa
8Bryan Mitchell
9Jon Niese
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Dellin Betances
3Tyler Clippard
4Tommy Layne
5Chasen Shreve
6Ben Heller
7Jonathan Holder
8Giovanny Gallegos