Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:28:03 -0800
New York Yankees C Brian McCann, who has caught SP Masahiro Tanaka in one bullpen session, said the pitcher is worthy of all the hype. The team plans to pair them up, and they'll work together for the first time Thursday, March 6.
"Before you saw him pitch, you heard what he has and what people say about him," McCann said. "Then you get to catch him and it is as good as advertised. His stuff really is electric. He can command both sides of the plate to both righties and lefties. He can change speeds. He has five or six different pitches. Everything that you read about, the highlights that we saw before he came over here, they are all accurate."
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 11:08:02 -0800
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will start against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, March 6.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:34:55 -0800
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka allowed two singles over two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, March 1, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He walked none and struck out three, while throwing 31 pitches.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:45:08 -0800
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said "it was a safe bet" that SP Masahiro Tanaka will pitch either the third or fourth game of the season, following SPs CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Tanaka will make his spring debut Saturday, March 1.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:48:49 -0800
New York Yankees C Austin Romine was very impressed with SP Masahiro Tanaka during his live batting practice session Friday, Feb. 21. "I think he threw a split and I had to turn around and ask what the pitch was," Romine said. "I've never seen a ball move like that before. I haven't had the chance to catch him yet, but from a hitting standpoint, like I said, I'm glad he's on our team." Tanaka threw 25 pitches in five rounds of batting practice.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:33:41 -0800
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) insisted Monday, Feb. 10, that he is healthy and in shape. He reported to camp Monday. "I'm going to compete for the rotation," Pineda said. "I'm the same Michael Pineda. I'm 100 percent now and my body is in good shape." He is battling for a rotation spot behind SPs CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:43:38 -0800
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the organization sees SP Masahiro Tanaka as becoming a "No. 3 starter." "We view him to be a really, solid consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio when asked about Tanaka's future potential. "If we to get more than that, all the better. He's got a great deal of ability." Tanaka possesses a splitter that is believed to be one of the best in the world, but Cashman expects Tanaka to go through "some growing pains" as he adjusts to pitching every five days.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:27:53 -0800
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka has obtained a visa and can leave for the United States as early as Sunday, Feb. 9. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 15. Tanaka said he's in better shape this year than in years past.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:05:51 -0800
The Chicago Cubs did not offer SP Masahiro Tanaka an opt-out clause before he signed with the New York Yankees.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:22:25 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies engaged in cursory negotiations with representatives for Japanese League SP Masahiro Tanaka, but the club's desire not to go beyond five years on a contract likely sealed its fate. Sources also indicated additions to the Phillies staff are not likely.