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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
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Masahiro Tanaka yielded three runs over six innings in a 5-3 win over the Twins on Friday.
Tanaka fell behind on two occasions early on, but the Yankees eventually grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth and he managed to hold it through six. He fanned seven and walked a pair in the victory. Tanaka has completed six innings in 12 out of his last 13 starts and now sits at 5-2 with a 3.01 ERA on the year. He’ll face the first-place Rangers next week. Jun 24 - 10:17 PM

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Masahiro Tanaka fired eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

Tanaka cruised with the big lead, scattering seven hits while walking none and striking out five. The only run scored on a ground out off the bat of Max Kepler in the second inning. The Yankees didn’t really need to push him, but he threw a season-high 110 pitches in the victory. Tanaka is now 4-2 on the year to go along with an outstanding 2.91 ERA and 68/16 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. He’ll face the Twins again next week, but this time it will be at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 18 - 12:20 AM

Masahiro Tanaka absorbed a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in his 6 1/3 innings of work.

He gave up a three run homer to Ian Kinsler and a solo shot to Nick Castellanos to account for most of the damage. Tanaka has only three wins (and two losses) after 13 starts despite his excellent 3.08 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He will toe the rubber again on Friday in Minnesota.
Jun 11 - 11:25 PM

Masahiro Tanaka yielded just two runs over seven innings but settled for a no-decision in Monday's 5-2 win over the Angels.

Tanaka gave up six hits -- five singles -- while walking two and striking out three. He departed with the game tied 2-2 and the Yankees eventually went ahead for good on a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran in the eighth. Tanaka has just three wins and a disappointing 59 strikeouts over 78 1/3 frames, but he also holds a 2.76 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. He faces the Tiger this weekend.
Jun 6 - 10:16 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant Friday against the Rays, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings as part of a 4-1 win.

Tanaka gave up just two hits, both of them singles. He didn’t allow his first one until the fifth inning. He was very efficient, throwing 53 out of 82 pitches for strikes while walking none and striking out four. Tanaka had a pair of shaky outings earlier this month, but he has bounced back by allowing just one run in 14 innings over his last two starts. He’ll bring a 2.89 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays on the road next week.
May 27 - 10:27 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Athletics to one run on five hits over seven innings in a 5-1 win Saturday.

Tanaka didn't allow an extra-base hit on the afternoon, walking two while striking out four. The win was surprisingly just his second of 2016, by little fault of his own. The right-hander owns a 3.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 50/12 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings this year. Tanaka will try to stay rolling Friday at the Rays.
May 21 - 6:58 PM

Masahiro Tanaka did little to inspire in Sunday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering four runs on eight hits over five innings.

Tanaka struck out seven and walked three on the afternoon. The White Sox would hit their offensive stride after the first inning, scoring solitary runs in the second and third frames before mounting a two-run fourth against the 27-year-old right-hander. Through eight starts (51 1/3 innings), the Yankee ace holds a 3.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 46/10 K/BB ratio. His next start will come on the West Coast, as he has a scheduled date with the A's.
May 15 - 5:18 PM

Masahiro Tanaka served up three home runs and allowed six runs but received a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Royals.

Amazingly, Tanaka was actually in line to pick up a victory when he exited after seven frames, but that went by the wayside when Andrew Miller served up a solo shot to Lorenzo Cain. It was easily Tanaka's worst start so far this season, but it came on a favorable night for hitters at Yankee Stadium, so we'll cut him some slack. He'll get the White Sox on Sunday.
May 10 - 10:47 PM

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles scoreless over eight innings but settled for a no-decision on Thursday.

Tanaka struck out seven while allowing five hits and a walk in the outing. Unfortunately, O's starter Kevin Gausman was just as good, depriving Tanaka of a deserving win. He settled for turning in his best start of the 2016 season, now owning a 2.29 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings of work. He's just 1-0 despite those accomplishments. Tanaka will look for that elusive win Tuesday against the Royals.
May 5 - 10:26 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was charged with two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday.

Tanaka allowed just three hits while shutting down the Red Sox over the first six innings, but he unraveled in the seventh by giving up three hits, including a game-tying double to Jackie Bradley, Jr. He struck out five and walked none. Tanaka only has one win to his credit thus far, but he owns a 2.87 ERA through his first five starts and has allowed exactly two earned runs in all of them. He’ll face the Orioles on the road next time out.
Apr 29 - 10:13 PM

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well in a no-decision on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings against the Rays.

Tanaka punched out seven on the afternoon while walking just one. He allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, including a solo homer by Kevin Kiermaier. He has been extremely effective in the early-going, compiling a 2.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 23/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston.
Apr 23 - 4:41 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was sharp in Sunday's win over the Mariners, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings.

Tanaka has yet to put together a truly dominant start, but Sunday's was a step in the right direction. He struck out six without walking a batter -- this after walking four Blue Jays last time out. Through his seven innings, he threw just 93 pitches. It took him 92 to make it through five innings against Toronto. Tanaka will look to build momentum off his stifling of the Mariner bats in a home battle with the Rays next time he takes the ball.
Apr 17 - 3:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six but walked four and allowed two runs over five frames in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Tanaka wasn't terribly sharp in this one, issuing the four free passes and hitting a batter while needing 92 pitches to get through his five innings. However, he was able to limit the damage for the most part and the Yankees came back to win, netting him a no-decision. Tanaka gets the Mariners at home this weekend.
Apr 12 - 11:01 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will get an extra day of rest before making his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Tanaka was scheduled to face the Tigers on Sunday night in Detroit before rain washed away their series finale. With the new arrangement, he'll get double starts next week, also toeing the slab on Sunday against the Mariners.
Apr 10 - 10:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Astros to two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in an Opening Day loss.

The actual loss was charged to Dellin Betances, who got roughed up in the top of the eighth inning when the Astros took the lead for good. Tanaka was actually pretty sharp considering he was supposed to pitch Monday and the temperatures were near-freezing at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He struck out four, walked just one, and gave up only four hits. A road date with the Tigers is next.
Apr 5 - 4:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Rob Refsnyder
3Chris Parmelee
4Greg Bird
2B1Starlin Castro
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Dustin Ackley
3Mat Gamel
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4Ivan Nova
5CC Sabathia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Andrew Miller
3Dellin Betances
4Kirby Yates
5Richard Bleier
6Anthony Swarzak
7Luis Cessa
8Branden Pinder
9Bryan Mitchell