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19 Masahiro Tanaka SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 11/1/1988 | Birthplace: Itami, Hyogo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 97/88 | Average Draft Position: 52.03
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Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka gets tripped up by Rangers in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had a rough go of it in his start against the Rangers on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out three, throwing 64 of his 103 pitches for strikes in the 5-2 loss.

Tanaka (7-4, 3.80 ERA) was given a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but he gave the lead right back as the Rangers scored three in the bottom half. 

In five starts this month, Tanaka went 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka has start moved to Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) A desire to keep starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka healthy and strong has motivated the Yankees to push his next start back a day. He will now pitch Wednesday in Texas, according to ESPN.

That move will also mean that Tanaka will get extra rest before his next start on Aug. 4 against Boston since the team is off the previous day.

"He's pitched pretty well on that extra day of rest," Joe Girardi said. "We just beel he is probably more comfortable doing that."


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka wins despite allowing three homers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka earned an unusual win on Thursday against the Orioles, as he allowed three home runs but still found a way to come out victorious.

Tanaka tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowed three runs on four hits while picking up his seventh win of the season. He was fortunate that the three home runs he allowed were all solo shots. 

Tanaka (7-3) now has a 3.64 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81 2/3 innings this season.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka delivers strong outing in win Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees seven strong innings on Friday, as the Yankees beat the Mariners 4-3. Tanaka allowed three runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out seven. He threw 103 pitches with 63 going for strikes.

All three runs Tanaka gave up came on a pair of home runs by Kyle Seager. Tanaka left the game with the score tied 3-3. But the Yankees were able to push across the go-ahead and game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Tanaka to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Tanaka (6-3) has made three straight quality starts following a pair of ugly performances. Friday's outing brings Tanaka's season ERA to 3.63.


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to open second half


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) The Yankees will send pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to start the second half opener Friday against the Mariners, reports MLB.com. Tanaka will be followed by Michael Pineda on Saturday and CC Sabathia on Sunday.

"I feel pretty good about where we're at from a physical standpoint," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm sure when Tanaka has a rough start, I'm going to be asked about his health. I don't think I'll ever get away from that. But I think the way Pineda's come through the first half, that CC's been able to make all his starts, that Tanaka's healthy again. I think it's a good sign."


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka allows one earned run in Thursday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was impressive during Thursday's start against the Athletics.

Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over 7 2/3 innings of work during the 6-2 win. He also struck out six and walked one. Tanaka received the win and is now 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA.

"The second inning, when he gave up the couple runs, he made a couple of mistakes, and then he didn't make them after that," manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com. "He really just located well. He used his slider well and I thought he used his split well, and that was the difference.

"It was really, really important -- we needed some distance out of him. He had the quick first inning and then the second inning got kind of long, and you start thinking about how you're going to use everyone. And then he became pretty economical after that."

Thursday's win was his first in his last five starts. Tanaka has now earned a quality start in his last two starts.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka allows three runs in no-decision Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka showed improvement in his outing on Friday, but still took a no-decision in the extra-innings victory over the Rays. Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits over six innings, walking one and striking out five. 

Tanaka, whose ERA rose to 3.94, gave up two runs in the first inning to put his team down early. But the Yankees' offense was able to rally back late in the game to get Tanaka off the hook.

Tanaka had allowed 11 earned runs over his last two starts, so Friday was certainly a step in the right direction. Since returning from the disabled list on June 3, Tanaka has a 4.37 ERA in 37 innings pitched.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka lit up for six runs on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had a second-consecutive poor outing on Saturday, as he allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings against the Astros. Tanaka walked two and struck out five, as his ERA rose to 3.88 on the season. He was left with a no-decision, as the Yankees came back to claim the 9-6 victory.

The Yankees gave Tanaka an early 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Japanese import proceded to give it right back. He gave up a pair of runs in the second inning, and then served up a solo home run to Chris Carter in the fourth. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve went back-to-back on Tanaka in the fifth.

After giving up seven runs (five earned) in his last start, Tanaka became just the second Yankees pitcher in 100 years to give up three-or-more home runs and six-or-more runs in back-to-back starts.

"You use all your pitches, but you have to stay on the attack," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, per MLB.com. "He's behind in the count a lot more, is putting himself in bad counts. He's probably just going through one of those things. As long as he's healthy, he'll come out of it."


Yankees' Girardi waiting until next off-day to finalize five-man rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said following Thursday's game against the Astros a final decision on who will be removed from the rotation won't be made until the team's next off-day Thursday, according to MLB.com.

With Ivan Nova returning from the disabled list, the Yankees have gone to a six-man rotation for the time being. Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia appear to have rotations spots secured, leaving Nova, Nathan Eovaldi and Adam Warren fighting for the final two spots.

Although, all signs seem to point to Adam Warren moving to the bullpen since he's had success in a relief role at the major-league level.

"He's pitched as well as anyone in our rotation," Girardi said before Thursday's game. "As I've said, we don't need to make a decision right now. I'm not worried about making a decision right now. I know there's a lot of people around here who want me to make a decision right now, but that's not going to happen.

"There are a lot of things that can happen between now and when we get back from Anaheim. There just is. Let's just see how guys are doing and we'll make a decision."


Yankees to use six-man rotation for one turn with Nova coming off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Monday that Ivan Nova (elbow) will be joining the rotation Wednesday against the Phillies, which means New York will go to a six-man rotation for at least one turn.

“The one thing that we have after this long streak is we have some off days (in early July),” Girardi said, per The Journal News. “I wouldn’t anticipate us doing it after we get home from Anaheim.”

Nova's activation off the disabled list means everyone will also get pushed back a day in the rotation. Adam Warren, who was supposed to start Wednesday, will now open up a four-game series at Houston on Thursday. He will be followed by Nathan Eovaldi, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, who is starting Monday vs. Philadelphia.

Nova's return also means CC Sabathia, who starts Tuesday, will get bumped from the Houston series and start next Monday against the Angels.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka struggles in loss on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka suffered through his worst start of the season in the 12-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander surrendered seven runs (five earned) on a season-high 10 hits through five innings of work. He walked two and struck out six, picking up his third loss of the season.

Tanaka (4-3) gave up a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning to Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, with the Tigers grabbing a 6-0 lead after just the second inning. Tanaka then gave up another solo shot to the latter Martinez in the fifth inning.

"It was kind of a bad spiral," manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com. "You want to start out strong, but you give up four runs. You don't want to do that in the first inning," he said. "But it happened. So hopefully I can get it back and be better next time."

It was a rough day for Tanka, but he still sports a fine 3.17 ERA. This was the first time since April 12 that Tanaka was unable to go more than five innings in a start.

"It's baseball. For whatever reason he didn't have it today. These are human beings that go out there. Some days they just don't have it," Girardi said. "A lot of times we try to make too much out of it. He didn't have it today and they made him pay. He'll get back on track."

He's set to make his next start on Friday in Houston against the Astros.


Yankees P Masahiro Tanaka gives up 2 runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed two earned runs in Monday night's 2-1 loss against the Marlins. 

Tanaka gave up nine hits but struck out six batters. He didn't walk one batter. This is only the third time in seven starts this year that Tanaka has surrendered more than one earned run in a game. 

Tanaka now has a 2.49 ERA. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Tigers. 


Yankees P Masahiro Tanaka allows one earned run in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed only one earned run during Tuesday night's 6-1 victory over the Nationals. 

Tanaka's one run allowed occurred when Bryce Harper took him yard for a solo home run. Outside of that play, Tanaka had a stellar game in giving up just five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none. 

Tanaka improved to 4-1 with the win. 

Tanaka has a 2.48 ERA this season. His next start is projected for June 15 against the Marlins. 


Yankees SP Tanaka: Velocity not only reason for success


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) The velocity is on the rise for Yankees rebounding right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. And so is his confidence.

His fastball was clocked as speedy at 96 mph Wednesday against Seattle in his first outing in six weeks after recovering from forearm and wrist injuries. It was easily the hardest he has thrown this season.

But that is not the only reason he is feeling so good about himself after holding the Mariners to one run in seven innings.

"I guess velocity is important in some aspects," he told NJ.com. "But for me, I look at more of my command of the pitches and locate the ball where I want to."

Tanaka walked none in the defeat of Seattle.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka fans nine in first start back from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka struck out nine and picked up the win in his first start back from the disabled list on Wednesday against Seattle at Safeco Field.

Tanaka (3-1), who was on the disabled list since April 23 because of forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis, allowed a run-scoring double to Dustin Ackley in the third for his only blemish of the afternoon. He yielded one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings of a 3-1 victory. Of his 78 pitches, 58 were strikes.

"It was a good outing, but it's just one outing," Tanaka said through an interpreter, per MLB.com. "I can't be too high about that. Right now, maybe I'll celebrate today, but starting tomorrow I'll look forward to my next outing and work on my stuff."

Tanaka improved his ERA from 3.22 to 2.76 on the year. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Washington.


Yankees officially activate Tanaka in time for Wednesday start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) The Yankees officially activated pitcher Masahiro Tanaka prior to Wednesday's game against Seattle. It will be his first start back from the DL since April 23 because of forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis. He held a 3.22 ERA with a 24:7 K:BB ratio at the time he landed on the shelf.

Yankees manager says Masahiro Tanaka will start Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that starter Masahiro Tanaka will indeed start on Wednesday against the Mariners, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Tanaka, who will take the rotation spot of Chris Capuano, finished up his minor-league rehab assignment on Wednesday. He is coming back from a wrist/forearm injury.

Tanaka will return to a 3.22 ERA when he officially rejoins the rotation. 


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka could rejoin rotation next week


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is on his way to join the team in Oakland. Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list since the end of April with a forearm strain and wrist tendinitis, is expected to start one of the games in the upcoming series in Seattle, according to the Wall Street Journal

Tanaka's last start with the Yankees came on April 23 against the Tigers. Tanaka made two rehab starts with Triple-A, and manager Joe Girardi said his velocity was better than in those starts than his start against Detroit. In his rehab outings, he averaged 91 mph, maxing out at 93 mph. 


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka struggles in second rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on four hits in just three innings of work on Wednesday, his second rehab start of Triple-A.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a forearm injury, threw 62 pitches, 44 going for strikes. He was not expected to throw over 65 pitches in the outing.

"My arm is absolutely fine," Tanaka said to the New York Post. "It's just that I was missing some spots [Wednesday]. You always have the good and the bad. You have to fight through the bad times and try to go about your business."

Tanaka has been out of action since April 29 with the injury and is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work this season.


Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Wednesday, and will throw around 65 pitches with Triple-A. Tanaka is nearing his return from the disabled list, as he recovers from forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis. And the Yankees are very much looking forward to Tanaka's return.

“We know how much he means to this team,” general manager Brian Cashman said, per the New York Post. “Him being healthy changes this team a lot.”

Tanaka's next step could be to rejoin the rotation if Wednesday's start goes well.

“I think you want to hear that the stuff was sharp, that he was able to locate his pitches, that he was able to use his pitches and he feels comfortable the next day,” manager Joe Girardi said.


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka tosses bullpen session Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to throw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and feels prepared for his next rehab start on Wednesday, according to NJ.com.

"I feel pretty good about where I am right now," Tanaka said through Japanese translator Shingo Horie. "But basically I'm going to go where the team wants me to go to. The most important thing is for me to be able to come back strong enough to go on the mound and contribute to the team."

Tanaka is currently on the 15-day DL with a wrist injury, but said he may be able to rejoin the team without making a third rehab start if all goes well on Wednesday. Tanaka is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka to pitch at Triple-A again Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will make his next rehab start Wednesday against Triple-A Pawtucket. He is scheduled to throw 65 pitches.

Tanaka made his first rehab start Thursday. He threw 41 pitches, including 25 strikeouts. His fastball sat in the low 90s, according to The Star-Ledger.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) makes 41-pitch rehab start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka made his first rehab start on Thursday. Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list with a forearm strain and wrist tendinitis since April 29, pitched three shutout innings for Triple-A Scranton. He allowed just two hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk. Of his 41 pitches, 25 went for strikes.

His fastball lived around 91-92 mph, according to the Star-Ledger. Tanaka will now head back to New York, though the team has not revealed any future next steps or an updated timetable for his return to the rotation. He will likely need at least one more rehab start, though that has not been confirmed.

“I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force and I think I was able to do that tonight,” Tanaka said afterward through an interpreter, the New York Daily News reports.

“I feel pretty confident about all the pitches,” Tanaka said when asked if they were major-league quality.


Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will make his first rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to The Journal News. He is expected to throw 45 pitches in his appearance.

"It is a decision that we'll make after each start," manager Joe Girardi said to ESPN. "I'm not going to put a number on it. Let's see how he does with the 45 and decide after that."

Tanaka, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a forearm injury, was able to throw a bullpen session on Monday. He is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work this season. 


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka throws 29-pitch bullpen Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a 29-pitch bullpen session on Monday at Nationals Park, the team announced.

Tanaka could head out on a rehab assignment Thursday if he hasn't suffered a setback. He's on the disabled list with wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm. Tanaka is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 24:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings across four starts.