Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 victory Saturday.
This probably isn’t the perfect comparison, but Masahiro Tanaka seems to have an array of pitches somewhat like Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. And he throws harder.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and three hits over 4 1-3 innings Sunday in the New York Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out nine of 18 batters he faced in four innings Tuesday. He gave up three hits, including a solo homer, to a pair of minor leaguers.
Derek Jeter had two hits that ended an 0-for-10 slide at the start of spring training and Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that the Japanese star will pitch in the road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.
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Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits and struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first spring training game for the New York Yankees.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, “I think that’s pretty safe to say” the Japanese right-hander will start game three or four.
“Obviously, I understand that some of the people are just going to look at the numbers of the game that I’m pitching in, but I’m not really too focused and worried about that,” Tanaka said Wednesday through an interpreter.
Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his debut Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the announcement Tuesday after New York beat Florida State University 8-3 on Tuesday.
The Yanks still have a rickety starting staff, too many variables in the bullpen, no one to replace A-Rod, an ancient Brian Roberts replacing Cano, an older, injury-plagued Jeter at short and a now-tender Teixeira at first base.
Masahiro Tanaka threw 25 pitches Friday morning at Steinbrenner Field, facing five batters for five pitches each. Austin Romine, tracking the ball in the batter’s box without swinging, watched five pitches go by and marveled.
The Yankees signed Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract on Jan. 22. As far as Yu Darvish is concerned, the Bronx Bombers paid too much money for his countryman.