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Yankees fans stuck in long security lines before AL Wild Card Game

The New York Yankees earned home-field advantage in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game against the Houston Astros, but long security lines prevented many fans from seeing player introductions. ESPN did its best to use different camera angles to avoid showing how few people were in their seats during introductions, but judging by the noise level, it was clear that Yankee Stadium...
Via The Sports Daily
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Tanaka vs. Astro moon shots

Baseball games rarely go according to form. Games, I mean. As for baseball serieses, forget about it. The other day I was reading that the Blue Jays have the best chance of winning the World Series: 19 percent. I was surprised it was quite that high. When the game can (and often does) turn on one swing of the bat, one slightly mis-thrown pitch, one missed call by an umpire, it's...
Via Fox Sports
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The Reality of Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball

Six months ago, we were all idiots. We were all idiots because we figured the Yankees were idiots for letting Masahiro Tanaka pitch. It felt like elbow surgery was inevitable, UCL tears being things you don’t just play through, so it felt strange to see the Yankees in denial. Oh, we all thought we knew what was better. Turns out the Yankees might’ve been on to something. Turns...
Via Fangraphs
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Five questions about the 2015 American League Wild Card game

The Houston Astros (86-76) and the New York Yankees (87-75) meet tonight in the American League Wild Card game to determine who’ll go on to face the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. It’s a battle of two teams that have had their ups and downs this year: both of them were in first place in their respective divisions for a good length of time, and both of them faltered and were...
Via The Outside Corner
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Yankees announce Masahiro Tanaka will start wild card game

The (not so) mystery is finally over.Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees announced that Masahiro Tanaka will start Tuesday's wild card game."He's pitching," Girardi told reporters via prior to Sunday's regular season finale against the Baltimore Orioles. "That was the guy we were planning on pitching in that one-game playoff, but we wanted to see how he was, and we wanted...
Via Fox Sports
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Yankees kick it old school as they win a spot in the postseason

It's funny. I've found this Yankee team very hard to watch this week. Until last night, when they finally clinched their Wild Card spot. Their shenanigans after the game made me very happy. Not only were they enjoying the champagne celebration for their postseason entry (and their 10,000th win, as it turn out!) but they even had the rookies (and Masahiro Tanaka) dress like old-school...
Via Subway Squawkers
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How big is tonight’s start for Yankees’ Tanaka?

Suggesting that Game 158 for the New York Yankees is big when the postseason is within grasp, is certainly not an overstep in narrative. But, Masahiro Tanaka’s performance lamented as the be-all and end-all game of the season is pushing the dialogue a bit.Masahiro TanakaPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrSurely, Tanaka’s Wednesday night start against the Boston Red Sox is...
Via Yankees Unscripted
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Tanaka could return next week despite strained hamstring

  Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, and the New York Yankees right-hander said he thinks he can return to the rotation this season despite a strained right hamstring. Speaking through a translator, Tanaka said he was able to throw all his pitches with force and his hamstring is getting better each day - though he has not attempted any fielding drills...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Mashairo Tanaka strains hamstring, will miss next start

A day before their potential AL East-deciding showdown with the Toronto Blue Jays, it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka would miss his start against the Jays with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. The good news is that he is only expected to miss one start, but the bad news is that his absence could spell the end of the Yankees’ division chase, as they are 3.5 games behind Toronto...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Tanaka on four days rest is the definition of Yankee madness

Last night, Masahiro Tanaka gave his all. It wasn't enough. In their infinite wisdom, the Evil Empire pitched him on four days rest - as he'll do again this week against Toronto. The following week could also be critical, so don't be surprised if we call upon Tanaka to do it again. Here, we have a guy with partial tear in his elbow, whose background in Japan was to throw once-a-week...

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