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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
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Masahiro Tanaka yielded four earned runs in five innings but earned his fifth win of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Tanaka walked four batters but held Texas to three hits and moved to 5-2 on the year behind another strong showing by the Yankees' offense. The 29-year-old right-hander will carry an underwhelming 4.95 ERA into his next start at home against the Angels. May 21 - 11:48 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka was charged with three runs over five innings in Tuesday’s suspended game against the Nationals.

Anthony Rendon popped a solo shot off of Tanaka in the first inning and the Nats added two more tallies in the second. Tanaka retired the final 11 batters he faced and had thrown just 72 pitches through five frames, but the game was suspended after a rain delay and he settled for a no-decision. It will be finished Wednesday. Tanaka will take on the Rangers and Angels next week.
May 15 - 10:18 PM

Masahiro Tanaka let in four runs in 5 1/3 innings and escaped with a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

He teed up a two-run homer to Mitch Moreland in the second inning and a solo shot to Andrew Benintendi in the fifth. Tanaka surrendered eight hits total plus two walks while striking out three in the ballgame. His record holds at 4-2 with a 4.66 ERA through eight starts. He has a fine 45:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 46 1/3 innings but has been burned by the longball eight times already this year.
May 10 - 12:02 AM

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered three runs in six-plus innings Thursday against the Astros.

Tanaka pitched scoreless ball for six innings before two singles and a HBP opened the seventh. Chad Green took over and allowed all of the inherited runners to score, so what looked like a very strong outing actually resulted in Tanaka's ERA increasing. All five hits Tanaka allowed on the day were singles. He struck out five and walked none.
May 3 - 5:47 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one earned run, two hits and two walks with a season-high nine strikeouts over six innings in a victory against the Angels on Saturday.

The Yankees provided Tanaka with five runs of support in the top of first inning before he even took the mound, and they plated five more in the top of the second. He didn't need anywhere close to that kind of run support as he was on point in this one. He has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season, and four of his first six outings have resulted in quality starts. He'll look to keep it rolling Thursday in Houston opposite Lance McCullers.
Apr 29 - 3:08 AM

Masahiro Tanaka tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Monday in a win over the Twins.

New York's offense put up 14 runs in this one and Tanaka didn't let the Twins up for air, yielding just three hits and two walks while striking out five. He's now 3-2 on the year with a 5.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 28/6 K/BB ratio in five starts covering 29 innings. Up next is a road start against the Angels.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Masahiro Tanaka had a forgettable evening Tuesday in the Bronx, permitting seven runs – six earned – over five innings in a loss to the Marlins.

It’s hard to find an easier matchup, but Tanaka put up a clunker. He walked two and gave up eight hits on the night, with the big one being a J.T. Realmuto three-run homer. Tanaka now has a 23/4 K/BB ratio over his first 22 1/3 innings this season but has posted an unsightly 6.45 ERA. If it seems familiar to last season, it’s because it is. Tanaka will try to bounce back the next time out against the Twins.
Apr 17 - 10:09 PM

Masahiro Tanaka coughed up six runs in five innings but still came away with a win against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

He allowed a solo homer to Hanley Ramirez in the first inning but was rolling along until serving up five runs in the fifth frame, which featured a grand slam off the bat of J.D. Martinez. Tanaka struck out three, walked two and yielded seven knocks by the time the dust settled. He moves to 2-1 with a 5.19 ERA in three starts.
Apr 11 - 11:30 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs, all in the seventh inning, while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Tanaka dealt through the first six frames, holding the Orioles scoreless on just three hits without issuing a walk, but a Jonathan Schoop single followed by an Adam Jones two-run homer in the seventh made the shutout and the lead disappear. Another run credited to Tanaka was allowed to score after he left, closing the book with a quality start but not a chance to get a win. After rolling over the Jays in his first start, Tanaka will carry a 2.92 ERA and 0.73 WHIP into a matchup with the rival Red Sox on Wednesday.
Apr 5 - 10:13 PM

Masahiro Tanaka gave up three hits over six innings of one-run ball in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.

His only mistake was a solo homer from Randal Grichuk in the second inning. Tanaka was very efficient, throwing 61 out of 79 pitches for strikes while striking out eight and walking none. He threw first-pitch strikes to 16 out of the 21 batters he faced. Tanaka was wildly inconsistent at times last year while putting up a 4.74 ERA over 30 starts, but as evidenced on Friday, he’s capable of big things when he’s locked in.
Mar 30 - 10:13 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and struck out six Friday against the Red Sox.

It's Tanaka's best start of the spring, though he still fell to 0-3. He walked none and lowered his ERA to 7.24.
Mar 23 - 5:17 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was touched up for four runs in 2 2/3 innings during a spring training loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

He got eight outs and six of them were strikeouts but he got burned by the longball in this one. Perennial MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera smacked a solo homer in the first inning, then lead-off batter Leonys Martin drilled a two-run shot in the third. Tanaka has struggled to round into form this spring as his 11.25 ERA through three starts attests. He went 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in his 30 starts last year but was very good down the stretch and in the post-season.
Mar 17 - 7:40 PM

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple runs but recorded six strikeouts across four frames in Monday's start versus the Twins.

Light-hitting catcher Bobby Wilson managed to take Tanaka deep with a two-run shot, but the right-hander looked good otherwise. It was a much better effort than the right-hander's first spring outing and he commented after the start that he's happy with where he's at.
Mar 12 - 9:01 PM

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs in 1 1/3 innings Friday in his start versus the Braves.

Tanaka allowed two runs -- one earned -- in 23 2/3 innings last spring. He gave up more runs than that (three, to be exact) in his first inning this spring. It shouldn't matter much to anyone unless Tanaka's next couple of outings are just as poor.
Mar 2 - 4:43 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start of the spring on Friday against the Braves.

Tanaka threw a bullpen on Wednesday, and will likely go one or two innings against the Braves on Friday. The 29-year-old was sensational in the playoffs for the Yankees with a 0.90 in three postseason starts, but struggled at times during the regular season with a 4.74 ERA in 178 1/3 innings despite 194 strikeouts.
Feb 28 - 6:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
1B1Greg Bird
2Neil Walker
3Tyler Austin
2B1Gleyber Torres
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Miguel Andujar
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
2Billy McKinney
DH1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Luis Severino
3CC Sabathia
4Sonny Gray
5Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2David Robertson
3Dellin Betances
4Tommy Kahnle
5Chad Green
6Adam Warren
7Chasen Shreve
8Domingo German
9Ben Heller
10Luis Cessa
11Jonathan Holder
12A.J. Cole
13Ryan Bollinger