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Masahiro Tanaka
ERA W-L K
2.51 12-4 135
Team: NY YankeesHt / Wt: 6-2 / 205 NFBC ADP: 101.11
Position: SPBorn: 11/1/1988 Birthplace: Itami, Japan
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Yankees (2014)


Latest News
July 11 2:47 PM PT3:47 PM MT4:47 PM CT5:47 PM ET17:47 ET21:47 GMT5:47 2:47 PM MST4:47 PM EST5:17 PM VEN1:47 UAE (+1)4:47 PM CT-Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as ''a challenge'' and vows to return soon to help the team win.
Analysis: Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA after spending seven years in Japan's Pacific League. Tanaka, who hopes to avoid surgery, issued a statement Friday that said ''I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time.''
July 9 2:41 PM PT3:41 PM MT4:41 PM CT5:41 PM ET17:41 ET21:41 GMT5:41 2:41 PM MST4:41 PM EST5:11 PM VEN1:41 UAE (+1)4:41 PM CT-Tanaka, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, was expected to meet with a team doctor Thursday night in Seattle. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka has flown from New York to Seattle, where Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team's head physician is attending a conference.
Analysis: "Probably within the next 24 hours we will have (an update)," Girardi said before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians. "Obviously you're curious to see what the diagnosis is and what they feel the time is necessary to get him back on the mound. So until then we just kind of wait to see what Dr. Ahmad says."
July 9 1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)3:07 PM CT-Tanaka lost for the third time in four starts in Tuesday's 5-3 defeat at Cleveland.
Analysis: Tanaka gave up five runs and 10 hits, both season-worst marks. He's 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA over his last four outings.
July 4 1:43 PM PT2:43 PM MT3:43 PM CT4:43 PM ET16:43 ET20:43 GMT4:43 1:43 PM MST3:43 PM EST4:13 PM VEN0:43 UAE (+1)3:43 PM CT-Tanaka matched a season high with four runs allowed Thursday but got enough support for a 7-4 victory over Minnesota, his major league-best 12th.
Analysis: Tanaka (12-3, 2.27 ERA) had lost his previous two starts, getting one run of support while giving up five in 16 innings.
June 29 10:37 AM PT11:37 AM MT12:37 PM CT1:37 PM ET13:37 ET17:37 GMT1:37 10:37 AM MST12:37 PM EST1:07 PM VEN21:37 UAE12:37 PM CT-Tanaka suffered Saturday's 2-1 loss to the BoSox.
Analysis: Tanaka, the top winner in the majors and the AL ERA leader, struck out eight and went the distance. The fantasy stud will try to regroup next week in Minnesota.
June 23 3:27 PM PT4:27 PM MT5:27 PM CT6:27 PM ET18:27 ET22:27 GMT6:27 3:27 PM MST5:27 PM EST5:57 PM VEN2:27 UAE (+1)5:27 PM CT-Tanaka's string of consecutive starts with a victory came to an end at five on Sunday as he gave up three runs over seven innings in New York's 8-0 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: The three runs matched a season-high against Tanaka, but he still owns a 1.72 ERA over his last eight starts.
June 12 7:33 PM PT8:33 PM MT9:33 PM CT10:33 PM ET22:33 ET2:33 GMT10:33 7:33 PM MST9:33 PM EST10:03 PM VEN6:33 UAE (+1)9:33 PM CT-Tanaka is 10-1 after throwing his second complete game in Wednesday's win over Seattle.
Analysis: He's won four straight starts with a 1.21 ERA.
June 6 2:08 PM PT3:08 PM MT4:08 PM CT5:08 PM ET17:08 ET21:08 GMT5:08 2:08 PM MST4:08 PM EST4:38 PM VEN1:08 UAE (+1)4:08 PM CT-Tanaka improved to 9-1 in Thursday's 2-1 win over Oakland.
Analysis: He allowed a run and five hits in six innings and is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last three starts.
May 26 10:36 AM PT11:36 AM MT12:36 PM CT1:36 PM ET13:36 ET17:36 GMT1:36 10:36 AM MST12:36 PM EST1:06 PM VEN21:36 UAE12:36 PM CT-Tanaka surrendered a run and five hits while striking out six in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Tanaka bounced back from his first loss in the big leagues with another strong victory. He's won four of his last five starts.
May 10 1:46 PM PT2:46 PM MT3:46 PM CT4:46 PM ET16:46 ET20:46 GMT4:46 1:46 PM MST3:46 PM EST4:16 PM VEN0:46 UAE (+1)3:46 PM CT-Tanaka allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings to beat the Brewers 5-3 on Friday.
Analysis: Tanaka is now 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA. He's fanned 58 and walked just seven over 49 innings thus far.
May 4 11:28 AM PT12:28 PM MT1:28 PM CT2:28 PM ET14:28 ET18:28 GMT2:28 11:28 AM MST1:28 PM EST1:58 PM VEN22:28 UAE1:28 PM CT-Tanaka improved to 4-0 on Saturday.
Analysis: Signed by the Yankees from Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles during the offseason, Tanaka allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out his last two batters to give him a season-low five or the day. Tanaka is 32-0 in regular season games since losing to Seibu on Aug. 19, 2012. He gets his first MLB at-bats next Friday in Milwaukee against the powerful Brewers.
Apr. 28 12:04 PM PT1:04 PM MT2:04 PM CT3:04 PM ET15:04 ET19:04 GMT3:04 12:04 PM MST2:04 PM EST2:34 PM VEN23:04 UAE2:04 PM CT-Tanaka struck out a season-high 11, including Mike Trout twice, and overcame an early bout of wildness Sunday night.
Analysis: Tanaka walked four in 6 1-3 innings against the Angels, who began the day leading the majors in homers. The $155 million rookie was on the hook for his first regular-season loss since August 2012 in Japan until Mark Teixeira homered leading off the seventh. It's been 20 months since the superstar lost a regular-season game - in any country. He faces the Rays next.
Apr. 23 1:37 PM PT2:37 PM MT3:37 PM CT4:37 PM ET16:37 ET20:37 GMT4:37 1:37 PM MST3:37 PM EST4:07 PM VEN0:37 UAE (+1)3:37 PM CT-Tanaka nailed down his third win of the season Tuesday against Boston.
Analysis: The right-hander was strong again, limiting the Red Sox to two runs and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings while striking out nine. He's pitched at least seven innings in all four starts while compiling a 2.15 ERA.
Apr. 16 1:02 PM PT2:02 PM MT3:02 PM CT4:02 PM ET16:02 ET20:02 GMT4:02 1:02 PM MST3:02 PM EST3:32 PM VEN0:02 UAE (+1)3:02 PM CT-Tanaka dominated again in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Cubs.
Analysis: Tanaka struck out 10 and allowed two bunt hits in eight sparkling innings. You know what you are going to get in fantasy play with the Yankees newcomer - lots of strikeouts and a great effort. He has taken the majors by storm, there is simply no doubt about that.
Apr. 10 1:17 PM PT2:17 PM MT3:17 PM CT4:17 PM ET16:17 ET20:17 GMT4:17 1:17 PM MST3:17 PM EST3:47 PM VEN0:17 UAE (+1)3:17 PM CT-Tanaka was outstanding in his Bronx debut Wednesday.
Analysis: The Japanese fantasy stud struck out 10 Orioles and allowed three runs in seven innings. Still Adam Jones, who fanned twice, wasn't impressed. "We're not the same hitters he faced over there. We groove, we hack," said Jones, who struck out twice before getting a single in his three at-bats off Tanaka. Next week, Tanaka gets his first taste of interleague play as he faces the Cubs.
Apr. 5 4:32 PM PT5:32 PM MT6:32 PM CT7:32 PM ET19:32 ET23:32 GMT7:32 4:32 PM MST6:32 PM EST7:02 PM VEN3:32 UAE (+1)6:32 PM CT-Tanaka pitched seven innings in his major league debut for the New York Yankees, as he beat the Jays 7-3.
Analysis: Tanaka allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits, walked none and struck out eight. He threw 97 pitches, 65 strikes, and earned his 100th professional victory. "He's definitely the real deal," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Apr. 4 3:51 PM PT4:51 PM MT5:51 PM CT6:51 PM ET18:51 ET22:51 GMT6:51 3:51 PM MST5:51 PM EST6:21 PM VEN2:51 UAE (+1)5:51 PM CT-Tanaka is scheduled to make his major league debut Friday.
Analysis: Tanaka will face the Blue Jays north of the border. His United States debut is next week in the Bronx.
Feb. 28 9:55 AM PT10:55 AM MT11:55 AM CT12:55 PM ET12:55 ET17:55 GMT1:55 10:55 AM MST12:55 PM EST1:25 PM VEN21:55 UAE11:55 AM CT-Tanaka could make his first regular-season start in the New York Yankees' third or fourth game.
Analysis: The Yankees complete a three-game series at Houston on April 3, then have a day off before a three-game set at Toronto. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday "I think that's pretty safe to say" the Japanese right-hander will start game three or four.
Feb. 12 2:32 PM PT3:32 PM MT4:32 PM CT5:32 PM ET17:32 ET22:32 GMT6:32 3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST6:02 PM VEN2:32 UAE (+1)4:32 PM CT-Tanaka has finished up his first throwing session with the team.
Analysis: Tanaka worked out Wednesday at the minor league part of the Yankees' spring training complex. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka "looked good" during a long toss session. It should be determined in the next couple days when the 25-year-old right-hander will throw off a mound.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2014 NYY 12 4 0 - 0 18 18 3 129.1 111 39 36 15 19 0 135 1.01 2.51
Career 12 4 0 - 0 18 18 3 129.1 111 39 36 15 19 0 135 1.01 2.51

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2014 NYY 18 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111
Career 18 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 766 96 87 90.6 40.55
Curveball 104 80 69 73 5.51
Slider 421 89 79 83.2 22.29
Changeup 99 88 82 84.8 5.24
Split-Finger 389 91 84 86.4 20.59
Cut Fastball 110 94 86 88.9 5.82

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