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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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Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Masahiro Tanaka as his probable Opening Day starter.
Girardi didn't make that announcement until just before the end of spring training last year, but he got it out of the way early this time. Of course, it's not a big surprise. Tanaka owns a 3.12 ERA over 75 starts over his first three seasons in the majors. Feb 14 - 11:15 AM

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Masahiro Tanaka will not pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

"Taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate," Tanaka told the Associated Press. The Yankees apparently left it up to Tanaka as to whether he'd pitch for his native country, but they're surely relieved he's decided against it. Tanaka has been pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow since at least July of 2014 and is coming off a season where he threw 199 2/3 innings.
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the club hasn't discussed an extension with Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka is about to enter the fourth year of his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees, but he has the ability to opt out and test free agency after 2017. The club intends to wait things out for now. Tanaka, 28, owns a 3.12 ERA (132 ERA+) over his first 75 starts in the majors.
Jan 11 - 11:18 AM

Masahiro Tanaka told the Japan Times that he hopes to pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees surely have an opinion on that, so Tanaka indicated that nothing has been set in stone about his involvement. It's worth noting that Tanaka has the ability to opt out of his contract after 2017 and test free agency, so it might be in his best interests to take it easy in the spring and focus on the season ahead.
Source: Japan Times
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:25:00 AM

The Yankees announced Friday that they'll skip Masahiro Tanaka's final start of the season on Saturday.

With nothing left to play for, there's no reason to push the right-hander any further than necessary. He finishes a terrific 2016 campaign with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 165/36 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. Luis Severino will start in his place on Saturday against the Orioles.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 08:34:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that he's "absolutely" ready to start Saturday against the Orioles.

It's obviously good news that Tanaka feels up to the task, but whether he takes the ball Saturday or not isn't up to him. If the Yankees are officially eliminated by then -- which is likely -- there would seem to be a good chance they'll play it safe and go ahead and shut him down.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday and is planning to start Saturday.

But it's not clear if the Yankees will allow him to go ahead with that start given that they're pretty much out of Wild Card contention (and will almost certainly be eliminated by Saturday). Tanaka was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Blue Jays after being diagnosed with a slight forearm strain. There should be something more official in a couple days.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:48:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays due to a lower forearm strain.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi described it as a "slight, slight, slight" flexor mass strain, but the club obviously didn't want to push it. The skipper added that if it were the regular season, Tanaka "probably" would not require a disabled list stint. Tanaka, who will be shut down for five days, said he has "no pain at all" but is experiencing some tightness. The right-hander expects to be ready for a start sometime next week, although if the Yankees are eliminated by then they might play it safe and just shut him down.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs but still got a win, yielding four runs over six innings in a victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

All four of the solo longballs came in the third inning, including three in a row to Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson. He gave up seven total hits and a pair of bases-on-balls while fanning five. Tanaka was able to advance his record to 14-4 despite the home run barrage. He owns an excellent 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 36 walks in 199 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 10:48:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed a lone run over seven innings against the Red Sox on Thursday but didn't factor in the decision.

That's because the Yanks promptly gave up six runs after his departure, eventually losing the game 7-5. For his part, Tanaka limited the Sox to just four hits with three walks. Surprisingly, he didn't strike out a batter in the game, the first time he's gone without a strikeout in 74 career MLB starts. The 27-year-old is garnering some Cy Young consideration with his stellar year, and he's now got a 2.97 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 160/34 K/BB ratio in 30 starts overall. The hunt for his first Cy will continue Wednesday against the Rays.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was in dominant form in Saturday's victory over the Rays, racking up 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

Tanaka allowed just five hits on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his night came on a solo homer off the bat of Bobby Wilson in the eighth inning. The right-hander has been terrific all season, compiling a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 160/31 K/BB ratio across 186 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:13:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka held the Blue Jays to two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday for his 12th win.

Tanaka gave up an RBI single to Jose Bautista in the top of the first inning but didn't allow another run until the top of the seventh. He walked three, allowed seven hits, and struck out four. The right-hander will carry a strong 12-4 record, 3.11 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP into his next start at home against the Rays.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs over five innings in a rain-shortened start Tuesday against the Royals.

Tanaka was at 71 pitches when the rain came, and after the delay he was out of the game. It was a shame, as he'd allowed just four hits without issuing a walk and seemed on his way to another strong outing. The no-decision leaves his record at 11-4, and the right-hander owns a 3.12 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 27 starts this year. A matchup with the division-rival Blue Jays is up next for Tanaka on Monday.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 01:37:00 AM

Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven shutout innings Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

Tanaka scattered seven hits -- six singles, one double -- over his seven scoreless frames while striking out five and issuing just one walk. The third-inning walk to Seth Smith was Tanaka's first free pass in 34 innings this month. Tanaka, 27, now boasts an 11-4 record, 3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 142/28 K/BB ratio over 168 innings (26 starts) this season. He gets the Royals on the road next.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 07:35:00 PM

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