Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win.
Napoli later said he didn’t mean any disrespect, adding he was “surprised” Tanaka didn’t throw his tremendous splitter.
Masahiro Tanaka may be the best pitcher in baseball. He’s certainly worthy of starting the All-Star Game for the American League on July 15. But will he?
Chris Tillman tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-0 Sunday, handing Masahiro Tanaka his second major league loss.
The Yankees’ have not played the kind of baseball they are capable of playing, yet they will almost certainly be in a position to breathe down the Blue Jays’ necks in a matter of days.
“We went out into the field and we’re like, ’1-0 on Tanaka, here we go,’” Jose Reyes said. “But then he just shut us down.”
Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 Tuesday night.
Now begins the talk, and it’s all good and it’s all justified. Masahiro Tanaka for All-Star game starter. If he keeps going like this, it’ll soon be Tanaka for Rookie of the Year.
Before Wednesday night, Robinson Cano’s only opinion of Masahiro Tanaka came from what he saw on television. After seeing him up close, Cano could make a full assessment.
The Bombers will take their slingshot offense to Seattle to continue what has already been a disappointing trip. And fans around the globe might be let down about Tuesday’s pitching matchup.
Masahiro Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the New York Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland 2-1 Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-game winning streak.
Would Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or even Carmelo Anthony sit out the end of a Finals game due to the heat?
When right, few are better than Mark Teixeira. Problem is, Tex isn’t right. In fact, the words coming out of his mouth this weekend were downright ominous.
The Yankees (26-23) are 8-2 when Tanaka starts, for an .800 winning percentage. They are a woeful 18-21 (.461 winning percentage) when the rest of the rotation pitches.
The Chicago Cubs were an unlikely team to snap Masahiro Tanaka’s unbeaten streak with the worst record in the majors coming into the game. This time, the long shot prevailed.