Masahiro Tanaka

BOSTON, MA - JULY 6: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to face Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

American League Mid-Season Team MVPs

Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.

07/10/2014

Third base coach Rob Thomson #59 celebrates with Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees after Teixeira hit a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 9, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Ellsbury’s Homer In 14th Gives Yankees 5-4 Win Over Indians

Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer in the 14th inning gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

07/10/2014

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Boomer & Carton: Al Leiter Chimes In On Tanaka, Pitch Counts And More

Al Dukes presumably booked Al Leiter to join the big radio program while working up a sweat — the two are members at the same gym.

WFAN–07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Boomer & Carton: ‘Ta-Knocked Out,’ Melo Staying Put And More

Masahiro Tanaka is on the 15-day DL with elbow soreness, which is obviously not a good sign if you’re into foreshadowing.

WFAN–07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Potential Nightmare: Tanaka Placed On 15-Day DL With Elbow Inflammation

This is the potential nightmare scenario.

07/09/2014

Masahiro Tanaka sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Girardi On Tanaka’s Rough Patch: ‘He’s Not Going To Be Perfect’

When Masahiro Tanaka pitches, the Yankees can usually count on a win. The All-Star rookie, however, is facing his first real struggles of the season.

07/09/2014

Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Indians Halt 13-Game Win Hopes For Yankees’ Tanaka

The Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

07/09/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images), Daniel Murphy (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jeter, Tanaka, Betances Tabbed For All-Star Game; Murphy Reps Mets

Mariano Rivera was the center of attention in 2013. Derek Jeter will be in the spotlight this year for the game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

07/07/2014

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Yankees' 7-4 win over Minnesota on July 3, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

Big 7th Inning Lifts Yankees Past Twins

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.

07/03/2014

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

WATCH: Mike Napoli Calls Masahiro Tanaka An ‘Idiot’ After Hitting Game-Winning HR

Napoli later said he didn’t mean any disrespect, adding he was “surprised” Tanaka didn’t throw his tremendous splitter.

06/30/2014

Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the third inning against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tanaka Could Miss The All-Star Game — And If So Yankees Would Be Thrilled

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?

06/24/2014

Masahiro Tanaka  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Orioles Hand Tanaka His Second Loss In 8-0 Win Over Yankees

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.

06/23/2014

David Robertson, right, and Brian McCann celebrate the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Despite Mediocre Play, Yankees In Position To Seize AL East

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.

06/18/2014

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Schools Reyes, Jays In Fine Art Of Grinding It Out

“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.”

06/18/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2014.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tanaka Gets Win No. 11 As Yankees Beat Toronto 3-1

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.

06/18/2014

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