Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Christian Bethancourt of the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a spring training game on March 12, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Looks ‘Great,’ Aces First Test For Elbow

Masahiro Tanaka thought his spring training debut on Thursday was “good.” His teammates used another word: “great.”

03/13/2015

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Tanaka Strong Over Two Innings In Spring Training Debut, Yanks Beat Atlanta 3-2

New York ace Masahiro Tanaka sparkled in his spring training debut, a Yankees’ 3-2 win over Atlanta Thursday night in which Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected after one pitch by his starter.

03/12/2015

Masahiro Tanaka speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Early Mojo Calls Only For Guarded Optimism

Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.

03/11/2015

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees Ace Masahiro Tanaka To Make First Exhibition Start Thursday

The right-hander threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes Saturday in a simulated game divided into two innings. The Japanese ace faced nine batters, giving up one single and striking out one.

03/09/2015

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees takes the field as he is introduced before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 4, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Sweeny: A-Rod Coverage, Beltran’s Health And More Yankees Notes

OK, so you want to hear about players other than Alex Rodriguez? I get it. But don’t try to alter the facts of the case

03/05/2015

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees and outfielder Carlos Beltran #36 participate in a spring training workout on February 26, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Sims: They Say They Feel Great, But Tanaka And Beltran Remain Concerns

It does seem likely that Tanaka — a fastball pitcher who’s had a UCL injury at such a young age — is destined for Tommy John surgery. The real question is, if not now, when?

03/03/2015

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on February 27, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Yankees Ace Masahiro Tanaka Pleased With First Batting Practice Session

“I tried not to go too hard today,” Tanaka said. “The reason is, it’s natural once you get on the mound and once you’re facing batters you want to go hard. That’s what I was thinking on the mound.”

03/02/2015

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees talks with the media during spring training media availability at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Tanaka Throws 40 Pitches In Third Bullpen Session, Could Throw BP Next Week

The Yankees are considering whether to give rotation pitchers an extra day between starts occasionally by using a sixth starter, an idea Tanaka thinks is good.

02/26/2015

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees talks with the media during spring training media availability at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Feels Fine After Throwing 34 Pitches In Second Bullpen Session

“It’s absolutely good,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think the No. 1 thing is throwing it a little bit harder than last time.”

02/23/2015

Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Tanaka: Elbow Is ‘Healed,’ And I Can Throw ‘Absolutely Fine’

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said Friday his elbow injury from last season is behind him and expects to pitch this year problem free.

02/20/2015

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Pitchers And Catchers: 2015 Season Hinges On Health Of Arms

When healthy, the Yankees’ top three of Tanaka, Pineda and Sabathia could be as good as any in baseball. The problem: they have to prove they’re no longer damaged goods.

02/20/2015

The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Aug. 16, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Tanaka’s First Bullpen Session Of The Spring Appears To Go Smoothly

Masahiro Tanaka threw 21 pitches in his first bullpen session of the year at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

02/19/2015

The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Aug. 16, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Rothschild: Yankees Will Let Tanaka’s Elbow Dictate The Spring Tempo

Masahiro Tanaka probably will throw his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

02/18/2015

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches in a simulated game on September 15, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yanks’ Masahiro Tanaka Throws For 34 Minutes On Level Ground

After arriving from Japan, the 26-year-old threw at up to about 200 feet. He ended his session by using his delivery to make 16 level ground pitches at 60 feet.

02/17/2015

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Jared Max: Yankees Need To Realize That Glory Is Not Rebuilt With One Swing

I love classic rock, but I cannot listen to the Yankees play the same Boston and Bad Company songs again. They need to become more of a progressive college radio station.

02/17/2015

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