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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 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

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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

Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in six innings, earning his eighth win of the season in Tuesday's 13-3 rout of the Red Sox.

The Yankees exploded for nine runs in the seventh inning, which removed any doubt that Tanaka would leave with a win. The right-hander gave up five hits and a walk while striking out three. He hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was last year, but that's to be expected considering his injury woes. Tanaka will bring a 3.84 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 87/19 K/BB ratio over 93 2/3 innings into a home start against the Blue Jays.
Aug 4 - 10:50 PM

Masahiro Tanaka yielded four runs and nine hits in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rangers.

Most of Tanaka's issues this year have been with the home run ball. Tonight, though, he never allowed one. However, he did walk three and strike out just three. He had just one previous three-walk start this season and none with as few strikeouts. In fact, he had a 71/10 K/BB ratio in his previous 11 starts. So, this one looks like an aberration. He gets a bumbling Red Sox lineup next time out.
Jul 30 - 12:42 AM

Masahiro Tanaka survived a barrage of home runs in Thursday afternoon's 9-3 win over the Orioles, hurling 7 2/3 innings of three-run ball while striking out seven.

All three of the runs against Tanaka came in the form of solo home runs, with Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each mashing a solitary shot. His troubles with the long ball are not isolated, as he's now allowed 13 dingers over his last eight starts. For comparison's sake, he allowed just 15 homers over 20 starts last season, a sign that his stuff is simply not quite as sharp as it was pre-injury. That aside, he's been very consistent since rejoining the Yankees on June 3 and now sports a 3.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 81/15 K/BB ratio over 81 2/3 innings. You don't love to see the balls flying out of the park at Tanaka's current give-rate, but the occasional mistake is manageable so long as he doesn't let innings spiral out of control. A road date with the Rangers is up next on his schedule.
Jul 23 - 4:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs over seven innings in Friday's win over the Mariners.

Other than Kyle Seager, who hit a solo homer in the third and a two-run shot in the fifth, Tanaka managed to keep the Mariners off the board. He gave up five hits in all while striking out five and walking two. It was a quality start, but Tanaka continues to have issues with the long ball. He has allowed 10 home runs over his last seven starts.
Jul 17 - 10:12 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will start the first game of the second half for the Yankees.

The right-hander will get the ball on Friday against the Mariners. Through an inconsistent and injury-plagued first half, Tanaka registered a 3.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 67/13 K/BB ratio over 67 innings.
Jul 12 - 8:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka mostly held down the A's in Thursday's 6-2 win, allowing just two runs (one earned) over 7 2/3 innings.

Tanaka struck out six and walked one, with both runs against him coming home thanks to a pair of RBI doubles in the second inning. Those doubles, incidentally, represented the only hits the Japanese import allowed in the game over his 7 2/3 innings of work. Since rejoining the club on June 3, Tanaka has made seven starts. In five of those, he's allowed three runs or fewer (the other two both saw him surrender five-plus runs). He'll take a 3.66 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 67/13 K/BB ratio over 67 innings into the All-Star Break.
Jul 9 - 4:09 PM

Masahiro Tanaka logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday, surrendering three runs on six hits over his six frames.

The right-hander punched out five on the evening while walking one. The Rays scratched out a pair of runs against him in the first inning, then tacked on the final run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. Tanaka has struggled to find consistency since returning from the disabled list, and simply doesn't look like the dominant force that he was during the 2014 season. He'll carry a 3.94 ERA and 61/12 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Athletics.
Jul 3 - 11:52 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs, including three home runs, over five innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Saturday.

Tanaka was staked to a six-run lead, but he wasn't able to hold onto it to earn the win. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out five in the start. It was the third straight start in which Tanaka has struggled to look like his former self, leaving him with a 3.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in nine starts. Tanaka will look to get back on track Friday against the Rays.
Jun 27 - 8:01 PM

Masahiro Tanaka didn't have it Sunday, getting touched up for seven runs -- five earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Tigers.

He yielded a season-high 10 hits and served up three home runs in the outing. Tanaka had been sharp since coming off the disabled list with just four runs allowed over his previous three starts, so hopefully this is just a little bump in the road. The righty will try to get back on track next weekend in Houston.
Jun 21 - 4:19 PM

Masahiro Tanaka lost for the second time this season, giving up only two runs in seven innings to the Marlins on Monday.

That's good enough to win on most nights, but opposing starter Tom Koehler was just a little better. Tanaka allowed a game-tying RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria in the second inning, then a tie-breaking solo home run to Derek Dietrich in the seventh. He gave up nine hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. The right-hander has been solid in three starts since returning from the DL. On the season, spanning seven starts, he has a 2.49 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 45/7 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings. Tanaka will take on the Tigers at home in his next outing.
Jun 15 - 10:36 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Nationals to one run over seven innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

The lone run came in the fourth inning on Bryce Harper's game-tying solo home run. It was one of only five hits Tanaka allowed while walking none and striking out six. The right-hander has been excellent in two starts since returning from the disabled list, and now owns a 2.48 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP and a 39/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings on the season. Tanaka will face the Marlins in Miami in his next start.
Jun 9 - 10:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Greg Bird
2B1Stephen Drew
2Dustin Ackley
3Robert Refsnyder
4Jose Pirela
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Rico Noel
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Chris Young
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Ivan Nova
6Luis Severino
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3Justin Wilson
4Chasen Shreve
5Adam Warren
6Diego Moreno
7Sergio Santos
8Bryan Mitchell
9Branden Pinder
10Andrew Bailey
11Caleb Cotham
12James Pazos