Player Profile #107: Masahiro Tanaka | SP | NYY

Join Jake Devereaux and Adam Nodiff this Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:30 pm EST for a Mock Draft! We have slots open for 14 readers so if you want in you can reserve your spot here! With a 2.77 ERA, 2.67 SIERA, 1.06 WHIP, 26.0 K%, and 3.9 BB% last season, there’s absolutely no denying the 26-year-old Masahiro Tanaka is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Unfortunately, he has to...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Barry Bonds is tutoring Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is trying to make a comeback after being banned from baseball all of last season and he’s training with the all-time Major League leader in home runs. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Bonds’ latest pupil has been out of the game since 2013, has hip issues and turns 40 in July, but Rodriguez is gung ho about returning to the Yankees and...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees:- Top 5 Starting Pitching Seasons Of The Last Decade

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on April 29, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Mandatory Credit:- Elsa/Getty Images) Thanks to their prodigious power and propensity for offensive prowess, the New York Yankees have earned themselves the moniker of “The Bronx Bombers.” In the...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Bullpen Projection for 2015

The New York Yankees’ bullpen features Dellin Betances, beastly righty pictured above, but other members will have to step up and make an impact. (Mandatory Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) The New York Yankees’ bullpen will have to shoulder major responsibility in 2015. With Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and other New York starting pitchers having health concerns, it...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka Thoughts: Stay Well, Ma-Kun

Yesterday the YES Network posted a fun video about Masahiro Tanaka, in which they presented five facts they think you should know about the Yankees pitcher:1. He used to be a catcher.2. He has won a Japanese Gold Glove.3. He is a big fan of Momoiro Cover Z.4. His nickname in Japan was Ma-Kun.5. He and his wife were married in Hawaii.Pretty interesting. However, there is one more...
Via Lady At The Bat
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Get To Know This Year’s Foreign Imports: Japan

After yesterday’s look at Korean import possibilities, today we move on to a pair of Japanese pitchers. Remember, while in Korea, the old posting rules are in effect — MLB teams bid blindly, the KBO accepts one, and then the MLB team has exclusive negotiating rights for 30 days — things have changed in Japan. The NBP team sets a posting fee (capped this year at $20m) and then...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

High school pitcher Tomohiro Anraku tops Japanese draft

  High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year-old right-hander...
Via AP on Fox
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 161: Red Sox rough up Tanaka, Yankees

New York Yankees 4 — Boston Red Sox 10 An awful second inning is too much to overcome as the season approaches its end. In the final start of Masahiro Tanaka‘s rookie season, the star Yankees pitcher was roughed up. After a quick hitless first inning, including a strikeout of Derek Jeter, Tanaka would start the inning with a leadoff double by Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts would...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka lasts just 1 2-3 innings in shortest stint

BOSTON (AP) Masahiro Tanaka's shortest stint with the New York Yankees is over with two outs in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox. In his 20th major league start after an unbeaten season in Japan, Tanaka was charged with seven hits and seven runs, five of them earned Saturday. He struck out two and walked two. He was making his second start since missing 2 1-2 months...
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Preview: Yankees at Red Sox (9/27/14)

Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47 ERA) makes his second start off the DL in the second to last game of the year against Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00 ERA). Tanaka made his first start since July 8th and gave up just one run to the Blue Jays over 5 1/3 innings. Joe Girardi says he will be limited to 85 pitches this game. “It should give me some confidence and then allow me to go back to Japan...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Saturday against Red Sox

getty images Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start against the Red Sox on Saturday. Tanaka returned to action on Sunday and allowed one run run over 5 1/3 innings of work as he struck out four Blue Jays. The Yankees had Tanaka limited to 70 pitches for Sunday’s game but he is expected to be allowed to throw 85 against the Red Sox. This will be the final outing of...
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees' Tanaka Passes First Test In Return From Disabled List

That sudden gust of wind coming from the Bronx on Sunday afternoon was Yankees Universe, from the front office down to the fans, exhaling as Masahiro Tanaka walked off the mound with his right elbow still intact. As Bernadette pointed out yesterday, the real test will be how Tanaka feels in the days after his start, but it was a definite relief to see him back on a major league...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka successful in return from injury

Your browser does not support iframes. For the first time since July 8, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took the mound today. Tanaka, coming off of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, had a good outing in his first action in over 10 weeks. Facing the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Tanaka got into a groove after giving up a first inning...
Via Sports-Glory
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka gets win in return; Jeter delivers big hit as Yanks top Jays

  Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday. With fans in the crowd of 48,144 giving him standing ovations during every at-bat on the gray, overcast afternoon, Jeter went 2 for 4 and...
Via AP on Fox
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 155: McCann muscles up for Tanaka

Toronto Blue Jays 2 — New York Yankees 5 The return of Masahiro Tanaka featured franchise history. In his first start since July 8, the Blue Jays greeted Masahiro Tanaka with a pair of singles from Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista. Tanaka would return to his typical work and minimized the damage of this inning. He would generate a double play from Edwin Encarnacion and struck out Dioner...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Preview: Yankees vs Blue Jays (9/21/14)

Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA) makes his come back against Drew Hutchison (10-12, 4.51 ERA) and the Blue Jays. Tanaka has been out since July with a partially torn UCL. He reported no issues after throwing 65 pitches in a simulated game on Monday against instructional league hitters and was given the start. “I’m excited, but not overly,” Tanaka said. “I think once I...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka time: Yanks' ace scheduled to start Sunday

Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the DL in early July due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and Tommy John surgery appeared to be in his future. Tanaka and the Yankees opted for rehab instead of the surgery, and Tanaka is now scheduled to return to the mound Sunday against the Blue Jays. As exciting as this sounds - and it is pretty cool to see Tanaka...
Via Fox Sports
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka likely to start vs. Blue Jays on Sunday

  Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the Japanese right-hander tentatively is set to start against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka will throw another bullpen session before the start. ''He's pitching if he's OK,'' Girardi said before Tuesday night's game against Tampa...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka likely to start against Toronto on Sunday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the Japanese right-hander tentatively is set to start against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka will throw another bullpen session before the start. ''He's pitching if he's OK,'' Girardi said before Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi: Tanaka scheduled to return on Sunday

The New York Yankees will get a big return to their rotation when rookie Masahiro Tanaka returns to their rotation, and that is reportedly going to happen on Sunday. Jack Curry of the YES Network reported on Tuesday that manager Joe Girardi says Tanaka is set to return to the rotation on Sunday against the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka will make his return Sunday

After a setback we all thought would shut Masahiro Tanaka down for the year, the Yankees continued to keep the hope. After Tanaka throw a very successful five inning simulated game yesterday at the teams minor league complex, their feeling was Tanaka could possibly make his next start with the Yankees. Today manager Joe Girardi confirmed via Chad Jennings that Tanaka has been penciled...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Injury Update: Masahiro Tanaka could pitch next weekend

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka may get his chance to pitch again this season when the Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays in the upcoming four-game series from September 18-21. Tanaka pitched a Minor League instructional game on Monday, throwing five scoreless innings. His return depends on how he feels on Tuesday says's Bryan Hoch and Adam Berry.Masahiro Tanaka...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka tosses 5 scoreless innings in instructional league

  Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in an instructional league simulated game Monday, perhaps the final step before the injured Japanese pitcher rejoins the New York Yankees. Tanaka threw 65 pitches at Steinbrenner Field, allowing six hits and striking out four. His fastball reached 92 mph. "It feels good," Tanaka said through a translator. "I...
Via AP on Fox
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka throws five scoreless, Yankees lose simulated game

New York Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka tossed five innings of scoreless ball in a simulated game this afternoon, but as in real games, the Bombers went on to lose.Tanaka, who has been trying to avoid surgery for a partially torn UCL, threw 65 pitches and allowed six hits while striking out four batters according to multiple beat writers. YES reporter Meredith Marakovits reported...
Via Yankees Unscripted
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanaka to pitch simulated game, eyes Yankees return Sept. 20 or 21

  Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is going to face minor leaguers in a simulated game Monday in what may be the final step of his rehabilitation from a partially torn elbow ligament. New York manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Tanaka felt good a day after a simulated game at Yankee Stadium. If all goes smoothly in Tampa, Fla., the Japanese All-Star could next pitch in the...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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