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Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka primes for possible walk season with dominating sim game

Tanaka was impressive in a two-inning simulated game on Thursday. Watch video TAMPA -- Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka already is sending signals that he might be better than ever in 2017. Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Chris Carter -- all veteran hitters -- were overmatched in a two-inning, 30-pitch simulated game Thursday morning...
Via NJ.com
3 days ago

Tanaka prepares for Tuesday start with simulated game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees scheduled opening-day starter Masahiro Tanaka threw 74 pitches off a bullpen mound and during a simulated game Thursday in preparation for his first spring training appearance next week. The Japanese right-hander threw 30 pitches over two innings against Chase Headley, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter in the simulated game. He gave up a single to...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka looks like a different pitcher this spring

TAMPA — Watching Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Chris Carter prepare to face Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances at 9:40 Thursday morning made you wonder what they did to tick off Joe Girardi. Four days into spring training, the trio of hitters had to deal with Tanaka’s trap-door splitter and Betances’ high-90s fastball and bowel-locking curveball...
Via New York Post
3 days ago

New York Yankees name Masahiro Tanaka Opening Day starter

The New York Yankees’ pitchers and catchers reported to camp this week and manager Joe Girardi wasted no time announcing the teams opening day starter. Unlike last year when the Yankees did not announce their opening day starter until late March, Girardi announced Masahiro Tanaka the starter during his first media session Tuesday. This should come as no surprise as Tanaka has...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka says he isn't thinking about ability to opt out

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka says he is not thinking about his opt-out provision. Tanaka's $155 million, seven-year contract allows him to terminate the deal after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. Speaking Wednesday through a translator, Tanaka says ''It's something that I put aside going into the...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka starting pre-spring training work in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka arrived at the New York Yankees' minor league complex for pre-spring training workouts in Florida. Tanaka arrived Monday and is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday. The right-hander was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. He went 14-4...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic

Masahiro Tanaka will not pitch for Japan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he told reporters in Japan on Monday. Tanaka had previously pitched in each of the three previous WBCs, helping lead Japan to two championships, but all three of those appearances occurred before Tanaka came stateside. His choice to forego participating in the WBC likely has something to do with protecting...
Via BP Bronx
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Yankees pitcher Tanaka to sit out World Baseball Classic

TOKYO (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic. Speaking at his former stadium in northeastern Japan on Monday, Tanaka said ''taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate.'' Tanaka went 14-4 last season with a 3.07 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 31 games. The 28-year-old righthander...
Via Associated Press
January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: The Masahiro Tanaka question

It’s a well-documented quandary, but one Yankee executives and fans alike don’t want to confront: Masahiro Tanaka’s contract, which runs through 2019 but has an opt-out clause pending next offseason. Though the 28-year-old hasn’t necessarily lived up to the lofty expectations that accompanied him when he arrived in the Bronx in 2014 (he came with a $175 million price tag...
Via isportsweb.com
January 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Yankees have not discussed extension with Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach with regard to ace righty Masahiro Tanaka’s future with the club. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that he has yet to discuss a contract extension with Tanaka’s representatives. “We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka,” Cashman said, per Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss
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