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Masahiro Tanaka
ERA W-L K
3.80 7-4 84
Team: NY YankeesHt / Wt: 6-2 / 210 NFBC ADP: 129.38
Position: SPBorn: 11/1/1988 Birthplace: Itami, Japan
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Yankees (2014)


Latest News
July 13 5:19 PM PT6:19 PM MT7:19 PM CT8:19 PM ET20:19 ET0:19 GMT8:19 5:19 PM MST7:19 PM EST7:49 PM VEN4:19 UAE (+1)7:19 PM CT-Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees in Friday's home matchup with Seattle in the first game after the All-Star break.
Analysis: Tanaka is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts after returning from a strained right forearm. He's won both of his starts against the Mariners, allowing three runs with 20 strikeouts in 16 innings.
July 4 11:46 AM PT12:46 PM MT1:46 PM CT2:46 PM ET14:46 ET18:46 GMT2:46 11:46 AM MST1:46 PM EST2:16 PM VEN22:46 UAE1:46 PM CT-Tanaka did not surrender a jack Friday.
Analysis: Tanaka allowed three runs and six hits in six innings and no homers after allowing six homers in his previous two outings.
June 28 10:58 AM PT11:58 AM MT12:58 PM CT1:58 PM ET13:58 ET17:58 GMT1:58 10:58 AM MST12:58 PM EST1:28 PM VEN21:58 UAE12:58 PM CT-Tanaka had more gopher-ball issues Saturday.
Analysis: Tanaka served up three homers for the second straight outing and allowed six runs in five innings. You don't need to be a Japanese translator to know that the right-hander is enduring some struggles.
June 22 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE2:54 PM CT-Tanaka was rocked by Detroit on Sunday.
Analysis: Tanaka gave up a career high-tying 10 hits and seven runs in five innings in his second straight loss. He fell to 2-2 since his return from the disabled list on June 3.
June 16 12:32 PM PT1:32 PM MT2:32 PM CT3:32 PM ET15:32 ET19:32 GMT3:32 12:32 PM MST2:32 PM EST3:02 PM VEN23:32 UAE2:32 PM CT-Tanaka was outdueled by the Miami Marlins' Tom Koehler in a 2-1 loss Monday night.
Analysis: Tanaka (4-2, 2.49 ERA) gave up two runs in seven innings while ending a string of four winning decisions. He allowed two runs in 14 innings in his first two starts back from the disabled list.
June 10 12:46 PM PT1:46 PM MT2:46 PM CT3:46 PM ET15:46 ET19:46 GMT3:46 12:46 PM MST2:46 PM EST3:16 PM VEN23:46 UAE2:46 PM CT-Tanaka won his second straight start Tuesday, limiting Washington to one run on a homer over seven innings in a 6-1 victory.
Analysis: Tanaka has been excellent when he's been on the field this year, going 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA.
Apr. 28 6:22 PM PT7:22 PM MT8:22 PM CT9:22 PM ET21:22 ET1:22 GMT9:22 6:22 PM MST8:22 PM EST8:52 PM VEN5:22 UAE (+1)8:22 PM CT-Tanaka gave up one run over seven innings in his return from the disabled list and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of Seattle Mariners with a 3-1 victory Wednesday. He also struck out a season-high nine and had zero walks, going to a three-ball count against only two batters.
Analysis: Tanaka (3-1, 2.76 ERA) had not pitched in the majors since April 23 when he went 6 1-3 innings against Detroit and allowed one earned run in a no-decision. He went to the disabled list five days later with wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain.
Apr. 19 3:57 PM PT4:57 PM MT5:57 PM CT6:57 PM ET18:57 ET22:57 GMT6:57 3:57 PM MST5:57 PM EST6:27 PM VEN2:57 UAE (+1)5:57 PM CT-Tanaka was excellent Saturday in his win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He pitched seven scoreless innings - with just 85 pitches - while allowing only two hits and striking out eight.
Apr. 13 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET18:42 ET22:42 GMT6:42 3:42 PM MST5:42 PM EST6:12 PM VEN2:42 UAE (+1)5:42 PM CT-Tanaka got the win Sunday against Boston, though he labored at times, needing 97 piches to get through five innings while giving up three earned runs and four hits.
Analysis: Tanaka has used 179 pitches to throw nine innings in two starts.
Apr. 7 3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT-Tanaka was beaten Monday by the Jays.
Analysis: The Japanese sensation made Toronto look silly with a heavy mix of sliders and splitters for the first two innings, striking out three, before the Blue Jays solved him. He gave up five runs in the third and was yanked after the fourth.
Mar. 27 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)2:33 PM CT-Tanaka will start New York's opener April 6 against Toronto. Manager Joe Girardi made the expected announcement on Friday.
Analysis: Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ligament in his elbow. He returned for two starts in late September.
Mar. 24 2:07 PM PT3:07 PM MT4:07 PM CT5:07 PM ET17:07 ET21:07 GMT5:07 2:07 PM MST4:07 PM EST4:37 PM VEN1:07 UAE (+1)3:07 PM CT-Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.
Analysis: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia's next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall. Tanaka is starting his second season with New York.
Feb. 22 12:43 PM PT1:43 PM MT2:43 PM CT3:43 PM ET15:43 ET20:43 GMT4:43 1:43 PM MST3:43 PM EST4:13 PM VEN0:43 UAE (+1)2:43 PM CT-Tanaka looked sharp in his first simulated game. The right-hander threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes Saturday in the session broken down into two innings. The Japanese ace faced nine batters, giving up one single and striking out one. Tanaka could be ready to make his first exhibition start within a week.
Analysis: Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two starts in late September, and Boston chased him with an eight-run second inning in his final outing.
Feb. 18 12:44 PM PT1:44 PM MT2:44 PM CT3:44 PM ET15:44 ET20:44 GMT4:44 1:44 PM MST3:44 PM EST4:14 PM VEN0:44 UAE (+1)2:44 PM CT-Tanaka says his elbow injury from last season is behind him and expects to pitch this year problem free.
Analysis: Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two late-September starts. Tanaka threw 21 pitches in his first bullpen session Thursday and plans to be back on a mound Sunday.
Feb. 16 1:32 PM PT2:32 PM MT3:32 PM CT4:32 PM ET16:32 ET21:32 GMT5:32 2:32 PM MST4:32 PM EST5:02 PM VEN1:32 UAE (+1)3:32 PM CT-Tanaka is set to start workouts ahead of spring training.
Analysis: Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka was scheduled to arrive in Florida on Monday night from Japan. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two late-September starts.
Feb. 9 2:31 PM PT3:31 PM MT4:31 PM CT5:31 PM ET17:31 ET22:31 GMT6:31 3:31 PM MST5:31 PM EST6:01 PM VEN2:31 UAE (+1)4:31 PM CT-Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild says offseason reports on Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow have been positive.
Analysis: Tanaka is throwing and doing his normal conditioning program in Japan. Signed to a $155 million, seven-year contract in January 2014, Tanaka went 13-5 with a .277 ERA over 20 starts. He missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow and returned for two late September starts. Boston chased him with an eight-run second inning in his finale on Sept. 27.

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 13 5 0 - 0 20 20 3 136.1 123 47 42 15 21 0 141 1.06 2.77
2015 NYY 7 4 0 - 0 14 14 0 87.2 75 42 37 15 18 0 84 1.06 3.80
Career 20 9 0 - 0 34 34 3 224.0 198 89 79 30 39 0 225 1.06 3.17

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2014 NYY 20 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111
2015 NYY 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 34 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 .091 .091 .091


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 454 96 87 91.7 34.37
Curveball 84 80 72 76.4 6.36
Slider 302 88 79 83.4 22.86
Changeup 9 86 83 84.3 .68
Split-Finger 336 91 84 87.6 25.44
Cut Fastball 136 92 85 89.2 10.3

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