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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
Contract: view contract details

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Masahiro Tanaka fired eight scoreless frames in a no-decision against the Rangers on Friday.
Tanaka was on point, allowing just three hits while striking out nine and walking a pair. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 out of the 27 batters he faced. It was his longest outing since his shutout against the Red Sox back on April 27. Fantasy owners will probably want to see back-to-back strong outings before trusting Tanaka again, but an effort like this one shows why folks should keep the faith. Jun 24 - 1:38 AM

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Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in four innings but gave up five runs and was charged with a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

He gave up solo homers to Matt Joyce once and Ryon Healy twice. All told he gave up eight hits and one walk but it was the bombs that did him in again. He has allowed a whopping 21 longballs in his 14 starts this year. He allowed 22 homers in 31 starts a year ago. Tanaka falls to 5-7 with a 6.34 ERA. He has a nice 76/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 2/3 innings, which indicates he will resume his ace-like ways if he can cure this nasty case of gopheritis.
Jun 17 - 7:42 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was denied a win after allowing three runs -- one earned -- in 6 2/3 innings against the Angels.

It should have been seven innings of one-run ball for Tanaka, but a Chase Headley error opened the door in the seventh. An RBI single afterwards knocked him from the game, and Tyler Clippard allowed a game-tying double after taking over with two outs. In the end, it was still an encouraging outing for Tanaka, who has fared much better paired with Austin Romine (as he was tonight) than with Gary Sanchez. Tanaka struck out eight and, despite two errors, threw just 89 pitches to get his 20 outs.
Jun 13 - 2:05 AM

Masahiro Tanaka's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Sunday to Monday.

The Yankees will give the struggling right-hander an extra day to work on things. Tanaka holds a 6.55 ERA on the season and has surrendered a whopping 13 home runs over his last 34 innings. Candidates to start Sunday include Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell.
Jun 9 - 4:06 PM

According to's Bryan Hoch, the Yankees are "considering" pushing Masahiro Tanaka's next start back to Monday.

Tanaka just doesn't have it right now and the Yankees are debating whether to give him an extra day to work through his issues. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 10.72 ERA over his last five starts.
Jun 8 - 9:49 PM

Masahiro Tanaka’s struggles continued Tuesday, as he yielded five runs over five frames in a loss to the Red Sox.

Tanaka had a shutout of the Red Sox at Fenway back in April, but this outing at Yankee Stadium didn’t go so well. He surrendered three home runs on the night and has now given up a whopping 17 over his 12 starts this season. Thirteen of those longballs have come over his last 34 innings. Tanaka showed in the April outing versus Boston and in a late May, 13-strikeout showing against the A’s that he can still be terrific when he’s on, but he’s obviously fighting it big time right now. He’ll try to bounce back Sunday versus the Orioles.
Jun 6 - 11:45 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was walloped for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He gave up four runs in the third inning and three more on a home run by Adam Jones in the fourth frame. Once the dust had cleared he had surrendered nine base hits (five went for extra bases) and two walks while fanning four in the beatdown. This was the fourth time this season that Tanaka has given up six or more runs in a single ballgame. He falls to 5-5 with a dreadful 6.34 ERA in 11 starts. His 56/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings gives some hope he can turn his season around. Unfortunately he has given up 14 home runs in the same span.
May 31 - 11:16 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 13 batters Friday against the Athletics, but took the loss after allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings.

That’s more like it. Tanaka held the Athletics scoreless through seven innings before giving up a one-out single to Adam Rosales in the eighth. After Tyler Clippard entered the game, Rosales was eventually thrown out at home plate on a fielder's choice by Rajai Davis. Davis came around to score later in the inning though, charging a run to Tanaka and putting him on the hook for the loss. It was a tough luck situation, but the Yankees and fantasy owners should feel very good about this performance. Tanaka gave up just five hits in all while walking none and inducing 26 swings and misses in his 111 pitches. He’ll try to build off this one when he faces the Orioles on the road next week.
May 26 - 11:00 PM

Thursday's game between the Yankees and Royals has been postponed due to rain in New York.

This one got called super early because the forecast calls for stormy conditions throughout the afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to face off against Miguel Almonte in what would have been Almonte's first career major league start. The game will be made up September 25.
May 25 - 9:18 AM

Masahiro Tanaka's struggles continued on Saturday as he coughed up six runs in three-plus innings to take a loss to the Rays.

He gave up nine hits in the brief outing and three of them left the yard. His biggest nemesis was Corey Dickerson, who launched two home runs. Tanaka walked three and struck out four batters in the loss. This bad start comes on the heels of allowing eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his previous start. He is fortunate to have a winning 5-3 record considering he has a 6.56 ERA through nine starts. He has allowed a whopping 13 home runs in 48 innings. He will try to right the ship against the Royals on Thursday.
May 20 - 8:51 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was obliterated by the Astros on Sunday, surrendering eight runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings of work.

Tanaka walked one and struck out three in the miserable outing. The Astros did their damage via the long ball in this one, with George Springer and Josh Reddick each homering to start the game. Alex Bregman then clubbed a grand slam in the first inning while Springer crushed a second bomb his next time up. Tanaka now owns a disappointing 5.80 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back on track when he does battle against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
May 14 - 11:36 PM

Masahiro Tanaka yielded four runs -- three earned -- over seven innings Monday in a win against the Reds.

Tanaka struck out six, which matches his career high. He figures to be a little stronger in that department, and he still probably will be with time. Since he's getting plenty of run support, he hasn't been much of a disappointment in the fantasy department; he's 5-1 despite a 4.36 ERA.
May 8 - 11:36 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Steve Pearce took Tanaka deep twice, and he yielded eight hits overall on the night. He struck out four and didn’t walk anyone, and one of the runs charged to his ledger crossed the plate after he was pulled. It was a far cry from his shutout at Fenway Park his last time out, but Tanaka would’ve had a fourth straight quality start if Dellin Betances hadn’t balked in a run. Tanaka gets the Reds in Cincy next.
May 2 - 11:01 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was masterful in Thursday's shutout win over the Red Sox, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 victory.

Tanaka didn't do it with overpowering stuff, striking out just three, but he got 16 ground ball outs and needed just 97 pitches to finish the deed. The win was Tanaka's third in a row, and after a rocky start to the year he's now 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. The 28-year-old will take on the struggling Blue Jays in his next start Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 11:09 PM

Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run on six hits to earn an easy victory as the Yankees defeated the White Sox 9-1 on Wednesday.

This is the sort of game his owners were expecting when they drafted him. He struck out six and walked two while his offense backed him up with plenty of run support. He has a 2-1 record despite a poor 6.00 ERA, which can be blamed on his terrible Opening Day start. He has been good in his three subsequent outings. His next start will come Wednesday on the road versus the Red Sox.
Apr 19 - 11:37 PM

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