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Is Masahiro Tanaka the best pitcher on the planet?
Those were the words CC Sabathia used to describe his teammate Tuesday afternoon, and after watching Tanaka handle the first-place Blue Jays later in the day, there’s no reason to argue otherwise.
Tanaka became the majors’ first 11-game winner, allowing one run over six innings to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 win over Toronto.
“I told him after his last start that I was going to start leaving my glove in the dugout and just run out to left field,” said Brett Gardner, whose two-run homer in the third accounted for all the runs Tanaka needed. “All you need to do is get him a couple of runs and we’ll get the win and that’s what happened tonight.”
The righthander gave up five hits and walked two, striking out 10 for his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. Tanaka (11-1) has thrown quality starts in all 14 of his big-league outings, while he lowered his league-best ERA from 2.02 to 1.99.
“It’s hard to say that his start isn...
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As well as John Ryan Murphy has played since being called up, the Yankees had to make to right move today. Francisco Cervelli was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned Murphy back to Triple-A Scranton, where he will be the everyday catcher for the RailRiders and continue to work. Cervelli had been getting some good work in at first base while on assignment...
Ever since Masahiro Tanaka suffered his first loss to the Chicago Cubs last month, there has been a question, albeit a small one, about whether his early success was at least partially due to the league’s unfamiliarity with him.As Tanaka bounced back from that loss with stellar start after stellar start, the rave reviews continued, but we were waiting for that second “second...
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Tonight, the New York Yankees (35-33) begin a 15-game, AL East home stand, and their first opponent happens to be the division leading Toronto Blue Jays (41-30).
The Blue Jays will be sending rookie Marcus Stroman to the hill to face Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. Here is all you need to know about the two righties.
The Toronto Blue Jays jumped out to first in the AL East behind an explosive offense. They have the second best record in the American League at 41-30, and are the only team in the AL East with a positive run differential. They are the next team on the New York Yankees schedule, the second place team in the division, 4.5 games behind the Blue Jays. Yankees tickets for the series...
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Toronto Blue Jays 1 — New York Yankees 3
Masahiro Tanaka continues to be one of the best pitchers in the game.
In the first start for Masahiro Tanaka, he faced the Toronto Blue Jays. The first major league start for Tanaka started the worst way a pitcher could want it, a leadoff home run. Tonight was the second time he faced an opponent for the second...
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Toronto Blue Jays 3 — New York Yankees 7
Brian McCann was a key contributor in this big divisional matchup.
After a scoreless first inning by Chase Whitley, the Yankees looked to score early against 10-game winner Mark Buehrle. Brett Gardner would lead off with a single and Derek Jeter would reach base on an error by third baseman Brett Lawrie...
The Yankees are finally home after a long road trip, and will now face the first place Toronto Blue Jays. The homestand marks the start of 15 straight games against AL East opponents, which sees the Yankees heading north of the border next week for a quick rematch with the Jays before coming home again. New York has a good chance to start off on the right foot, as ace Masahiro...
The Yankees will try to gain more ground on the first place Blue Jays tonight, as they take on Toronto from Yankee Stadium. Chase Whitley gets the ball for the Yanks, while Mark Buehrle will go for the Jays.
Game time: 7:05 pm ET – Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 fm. WADO 1280
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Toronto Blue Jays (41-31)
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As part of the team’s sixth annual HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), the New York Yankees helped to outfit a group of men in need. Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hiroki Kuroda and Brian Roberts were on-hand to motivate the men and play the role of stylist, getting them fitted in their new DKNY suits. The fashion house and team sponsor...
The Yankees opened up the critical three game series, six total this month, against the Blue Jays with a win. Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.41 ERA) takes on Mark Buehrle (10-3, 2.28 ERA) in game two tonight. Whitley has continued to improve, earning his spot in the rotation. He is coming off his best outing of the year against the Mariners, allowing two runs on five hits going a career...
Think of it this way: The Yankees brought up a middling, middle-innings reliever from Scranton - Chase Whitley - and he's pitched far better than Nuno.If Nuno doesn't pitch well Saturday, why not roll the dice again?
Brian McCann was supposed to be key to an offensive resurgence in The Bronx this season.
Instead, he has been a major reason the Yankees’ lineup has been a disappointment so far.
But in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Blue Jays, he showed why the Yankees invested $85 million in him this offseason.
In the fourth inning, McCann gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead with a two-run home run...
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David Phelps (2-4, 4.32 ERA) goes for the sweep against Drew Hutchison (5-4, 3.62 ERA) and the Blue Jays. Phelps is coming off what he said was his best start in the Majors, holding the A’s to two hits, three walks and 4 Ks in 6 2/3 innings getting a 7-0 victory. Phelps had lost his previous four outings. “Just trying to be consistent...