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Masahiro Tanaka
3.07 14-4 165
Team: NY YankeesHt / Wt: 6-3 / 215 NFBC ADP: 89.56
Position: SPBorn: 11/1/1988 Birthplace: Itami, Japan
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Yankees (2014)

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Jan. 23 10:49 AM PT11:49 AM MT12:49 PM CT1:49 PM ET13:49 ET18:49 GMT2:49 11:49 AM MST1:49 PM EST2:19 PM VEN22:49 UAE12:49 PM CT-Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic.
Analysis: Speaking at his former stadium in northeastern Japan on Monday, Tanaka said "taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate." Tanaka went 14-4 last season with a 3.07 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 31 games. The 28-year-old righthander was a member of the Japanese team that won the 2009 WBC. The 2017 tournament will be played from March 6-22.
Sep. 27 8:12 PM PT9:12 PM MT10:12 PM CT11:12 PM ET23:12 ET3:12 GMT11:12 8:12 PM MST10:12 PM EST10:42 PM VEN7:12 UAE (+1)10:12 PM CT-Tanaka (forearm) will not start Saturday against Baltimore as scheduled because of a forearm injury.
Analysis: The decision likely was made in part because the Yankees are out of the playoff hunt. Tanaka missed his previous start and has not pitched since Sept. 21. Luis Severino will start in his place.
Sep. 21 6:59 PM PT7:59 PM MT8:59 PM CT9:59 PM ET21:59 ET1:59 GMT9:59 6:59 PM MST8:59 PM EST9:29 PM VEN5:59 UAE (+1)8:59 PM CT-Tanaka gave up four home runs in the same inning at Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Those were the only runs he allowed in six innings of the 11-5 victory.
Analysis: Tanaka was staked to a 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the third when the barrage of four solo homers stated on a leadoff drive by Bobby Wilson. After Tanaka got two consecutive outs, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson hit three consecutive shots. The four home runs in an inning set a Tampa Bay team record. Tanaka started play leading the AL with 2.97 ERA, but that went up to 3.07.
Sep. 16 11:12 PM PT12:12 AM MT1:12 AM CT2:12 AM ET2:12 ET6:12 GMT14:12 11:12 PM MST1:12 AM EST1:42 AM VEN10:12 UAE1:12 AM CT-Tanaka turned in another excellent start Thursday, though he was denied a victory after the Yankees' bullpen collapsed in the ninth inning during Thursday's loss at Boston. The New York ace held the Red Sox to one run and four hits through seven innings.
Analysis: Dellin Betances' implosion overshadowed yet another terrific effort from Tanaka, who's 6-0 over his last eight starts and has posted a stellar 1.34 ERA in his past six. He's yielded two runs or fewer in each of those six outings.
Sep. 10 7:55 PM PT8:55 PM MT9:55 PM CT10:55 PM ET22:55 ET2:55 GMT10:55 7:55 PM MST9:55 PM EST10:25 PM VEN6:55 UAE (+1)9:55 PM CT-Tanaka racked up a season-high 10 strikeouts while limiting the Rays to one run over 7 1/3 innings Saturday to win his sixth consecutive decision.
Analysis: The New York ace owns a splendid 1.94 ERA and has amassed 48 strikeouts over his unbeaten run, which spans seven starts. The Yankees are 14-2 over Tanaka's last 16 outings.
Sep. 5 1:33 PM PT2:33 PM MT3:33 PM CT4:33 PM ET16:33 ET20:33 GMT4:33 1:33 PM MST3:33 PM EST4:03 PM VEN0:33 UAE (+1)3:33 PM CT-Tanaka won his fifth straight decision Monday, allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings to beat the Blue Jays.
Analysis: The right-hander has a 2.08 ERA in six starts since losing to the Mets on Aug. 2.
Aug. 24 7:12 PM PT8:12 PM MT9:12 PM CT10:12 PM ET22:12 ET2:12 GMT10:12 7:12 PM MST9:12 PM EST9:42 PM VEN6:12 UAE (+1)9:12 PM CT-Tanaka won his fourth straight start, going 7 2/3 innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Analysis: Tanaka has a 1.63 ERA in those four wins in a row and he issued his first walk since July 27 in this outing.
Aug. 20 10:11 AM PT11:11 AM MT12:11 PM CT1:11 PM ET13:11 ET17:11 GMT1:11 10:11 AM MST12:11 PM EST12:41 PM VEN21:11 UAE12:11 PM CT-Tanaka retired the first 11 batters and would allow five hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the Angels on Friday, striking out nine.
Analysis: Tanaka hasn't walked a batter in four straight outings and has won the last three, posting a 2.18 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. He's next scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Seattle. Tanaka has won all four of his starts against the Mariners with a 2.40 ERA.
Aug. 7 7:02 PM PT8:02 PM MT9:02 PM CT10:02 PM ET22:02 ET2:02 GMT10:02 7:02 PM MST9:02 PM EST9:32 PM VEN6:02 UAE (+1)9:02 PM CT-Tanaka allowed one run and struck out eight without a walk in six-plus innings of Sunday's 3-2 victory.
Analysis: This was a big effort for Tanaka, who allowed 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings of his previous two outings.
Aug. 3 9:54 AM PT10:54 AM MT11:54 AM CT12:54 PM ET12:54 ET16:54 GMT0:54 9:54 AM MST11:54 AM EST12:24 PM VEN20:54 UAE11:54 AM CT-Tanaka lost his second straight start Tuesday, allowing a career-high seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Mets.
Analysis: The right-hander has given up 11 runs over his last 11 1/3 innings after going 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his previous seven outings.
July 28 12:20 PM PT1:20 PM MT2:20 PM CT3:20 PM ET15:20 ET19:20 GMT3:20 12:20 PM MST2:20 PM EST2:50 PM VEN23:20 UAE2:20 PM CT-Tanaka's seven-start unbeaten streak came to an end when he was reached for four runs in five innings of Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Houston.
Analysis: Tanaka was 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA and five quality starts during the run. The Yankees ace will next take the mound Tuesday against the rival Mets at Citi Field, where he's yielded just two runs in 15 innings over two previous starts.
July 22 7:57 PM PT8:57 PM MT9:57 PM CT10:57 PM ET22:57 ET2:57 GMT10:57 7:57 PM MST9:57 PM EST10:27 PM VEN6:57 UAE (+1)9:57 PM CT-Tanaka pitched well for the second straight time Friday, allowing four hits over six scoreless innings before the Yankees' stalwart bullpen blew his lead and New York pulled out a win over the Giants.
Analysis: The right-hander has allowed one run and seven hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks in his last two starts spanning 12 innings.
July 18 10:18 AM PT11:18 AM MT12:18 PM CT1:18 PM ET13:18 ET17:18 GMT1:18 10:18 AM MST12:18 PM EST12:48 PM VEN21:18 UAE12:18 PM CT-Tanaka beat Boston on Sunday with a strong performance, giving up a run and three hits in six innings while striking out seven.
Analysis: It was arguably Tanaka's best effort of the season at Yankee Stadium, where he has a 4.71 ERA this season compared to 1.50 on the road. He's next scheduled to pitch at home Friday against the Giants.
July 10 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET23:36 ET3:36 GMT11:36 8:36 PM MST10:36 PM EST11:06 PM VEN7:36 UAE (+1)10:36 PM CT-Tanaka struggled in the Yankees' win over Cleveland on Sunday, surrendering season highs of seven runs - three earned - and 10 hits across 4 2/3 innings.
Analysis: Tanaka has had some up-and-down performances over the last few weeks, though he's 3-0 with a 3.62 ERA over his past five starts and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning during that period.
July 6 11:12 AM PT12:12 PM MT1:12 PM CT2:12 PM ET14:12 ET18:12 GMT2:12 11:12 AM MST1:12 PM EST1:42 PM VEN22:12 UAE1:12 PM CT-Tanaka went 7 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the White Sox on Tuesday.
Analysis: Tanaka improved to 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA in eight road starts, and he's next scheduled to pitch in Cleveland on Sunday.
June 30 9:34 PM PT10:34 PM MT11:34 PM CT12:34 AM ET0:34 ET4:34 GMT12:34 9:34 PM MST11:34 PM EST12:04 AM VEN8:34 UAE11:34 PM CT-Tanaka wasn't at his best in Wednesday's start against Texas, which tagged the Yankees' ace for six runs in six innings.
Analysis: Tanaka was spared a loss when New York rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to pull out a 9-7 win. He had posted six quality starts in his previous seven outings, going 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA over that solid stretch.
June 24 7:23 PM PT8:23 PM MT9:23 PM CT10:23 PM ET22:23 ET2:23 GMT10:23 7:23 PM MST9:23 PM EST9:53 PM VEN6:23 UAE (+1)9:23 PM CT-Tanaka (5-2) beat the Twins for the second time in seven days Friday, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Analysis: Tanaka is 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts.
June 17 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Tanaka matched his longest start of the season Friday at Minnesota. He allowed one run and seven hits over eight innings with no walks and five strikeouts.
Analysis: It was a nice bounce-back performance after Tanaka gave up five runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-1 loss to Detroit on Saturday. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in seven road starts - the second-lowest road ERA in the AL and third-lowest in the majors.
June 2 8:47 AM PT9:47 AM MT10:47 AM CT11:47 AM ET11:47 ET15:47 GMT23:47 8:47 AM MST10:47 AM EST11:17 AM VEN19:47 UAE10:47 AM CT-Tanaka suffered his first loss Wednesday.
Analysis: Tanaka allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in six innings to lose for the first time in 11 starts. He came in as one of four undefeated pitchers with at least 10 starts.
May 28 11:50 AM PT12:50 PM MT1:50 PM CT2:50 PM ET14:50 ET18:50 GMT2:50 11:50 AM MST1:50 PM EST2:20 PM VEN22:50 UAE1:50 PM CT-Tanaka won his second consecutive start with Friday's dominant performance at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Tanaka yielded two singles and didn't walk a batter while working seven scoreless innings in New York's 4-1 win. He was outstanding as well in his previous outing, holding Oakland to a run on five hits through seven frames last Saturday.
May 22 12:11 PM PT1:11 PM MT2:11 PM CT3:11 PM ET15:11 ET19:11 GMT3:11 12:11 PM MST2:11 PM EST2:41 PM VEN23:11 UAE2:11 PM CT-Tanaka gave up one run in seven innings Saturday in a 5-1 victory against Oakland.
Analysis: Tanaka (2-0, 3.24 ERA) allowed a combined 10 runs in 12 innings in his previous two starts.
Apr. 24 12:56 PM PT1:56 PM MT2:56 PM CT3:56 PM ET15:56 ET19:56 GMT3:56 12:56 PM MST2:56 PM EST3:26 PM VEN23:56 UAE2:56 PM CT-Tanaka continued to pitch well early in the season with seven strong innings in Saturday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He gave up two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Mar. 31 1:59 PM PT2:59 PM MT3:59 PM CT4:59 PM ET16:59 ET20:59 GMT4:59 1:59 PM MST3:59 PM EST4:29 PM VEN0:59 UAE (+1)3:59 PM CT-Tanaka will be the New York Yankees' opening day starter Monday against the Houston Astros.
Analysis: Manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Thursday. He says Tanaka ''felt good today'' and is ''confident he's ready to go.'' Tanaka rebounded from a slow spring training start by allowing one run over four innings in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia. He had a procedure in October to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow.
Mar. 28 1:38 PM PT2:38 PM MT3:38 PM CT4:38 PM ET16:38 ET20:38 GMT4:38 1:38 PM MST3:38 PM EST4:08 PM VEN0:38 UAE (+1)3:38 PM CT-Tanaka's final spring training start Tuesday against Philadelphia will likely determine whether he will be the New York Yankees' opening-day starter.
Analysis: Tanaka has a 7.36 ERA in four starts and gave up seven runs in four innings against Washington on Wednesday. Tanaka had surgery on October to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
2014 NYY 13 5 0 - 0 20 20 3 136.1 123 47 42 15 21 0 141 1.06 2.77
2015 NYY 12 7 0 - 0 24 24 1 154.0 126 66 60 25 27 0 139 0.99 3.51
2016 NYY 14 4 0 - 0 31 31 0 199.2 179 75 68 22 36 0 165 1.08 3.07
Career 39 16 0 - 0 75 75 4 490.0 428 188 170 62 84 0 445 1.04 3.12

Hitting Statistics
2014 NYY 20 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111
2015 NYY 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2016 NYY 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 75 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 .056 .105 .056


Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2015 NYY Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60
    WC 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60
Career 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60

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