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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 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

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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

Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees finished off a three-game sweep of the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle.

It was Tanaka's first outing since April 23 and he looked fantastic, yielding only three hits and walking none while striking out nine. He probably could have gone the distance, but it's easy to understand why manager Joe Girardi gave Tanaka the early hook at 78 pitches. Tanaka will try to keep it all working -- and keep his health intact -- next week at home against the Nationals.
Jun 3 - 6:14 PM

Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day disabled list.

Tanaka will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners and is slated for 80-85 pitches. The right-hander missed the last five and a half weeks with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis. He remains a big health risk but obviously needs to be played by fantasy owners while he's on the mound.
Jun 3 - 2:09 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) should rejoin the rotation next week.

He is traveling west with the club and is expected to start against the Mariners on Tuesday or Wednesday. He will be limited to around 80 pitches in his first start, but should be all systems go afterwards.
May 28 - 6:59 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) will throw 65 pitches in his next rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

The Yankees aren't ruling out activating him from the disabled list after that, although it's possible they'll ask him to make an additional rehab start. Tanaka threw just 41 pitches over three scoreless innings on Thursday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his first rehab outing.
May 22 - 4:32 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) is expected to require at least two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.

Tanaka threw just 41 pitches over three scoreless innings on Thursday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his first rehab outing. He could throw 60 pitches in his next start and 75 in his one after that before being activated, or the Yankees might choose to give him an additional 90-pitch outing. Tanaka will meet with team medical staff and manager Joe Girardi on Friday and a plan will be laid out at that time.
May 22 - 9:36 AM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings of work in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

Tanaka struck out two on the day and didn't issue a walk, throwing 41 pitches in his three frames. Going only three innings in this one, he's likely to need another rehab start before being ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation. Before hitting the disabled list, he posted a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over his 22 1/3 innings.
May 21 - 8:03 PM

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