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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

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May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs on nine hits, Tommy Layne allowed three additional runs, and the Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-5, on Saturday at Tropicana Field. >> Click here for the full box score

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild is working with Masahiro Tanaka to fix some mechanical issues in hopes of getting the team's ace back on track after his recent struggles.

"Larry talked to him today about some mechanical things. Hopefully they get it ironed out,'' manager Joe Girardi told George A. King III of the New York Post. "I think his front shoulder was flying [open] a bit [Sunday]. Sometimes they're mechanical and we have to iron them out. He hasn't had a good splitter and slider for most of the year.''

In his most recent start, Tanaka lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Astros, allowing eight runs on seven hits, including four home runs.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Masahiro Tanaka has made eight starts for the Yankees this season. The bookends have been utter disasters, and maybe worse, what's been in between has been mediocre outside of one start. Tanaka's performance so far this season has both short-term and long-term consequences for the Yankees.
  
Short-term impact

Tanaka is paid to be the ace of this club. Whether you agree he is or is not, Tanaka is expected to perform as such by the Yankees. And quite honestly, Tanaka expects it of himself as well. When the fans are treated to such a dismal performance the boo birds will be in full force.

"I didn't do my job," Tanaka told Newsday. "They have all the right to boo me."

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees split 00:00:30
Joe Girardi talks about Masahiro Tanaka's worst start of his Major League career, as he went just 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs in his shortest outing of the season as the New York Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Houston Astros, 10-7, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (5-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings, allowing back-to-back home runs to George Springer and Josh Reddick to lead off the game.

Later in the first inning, he surrendered a grand slam to Alex Bregman that gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees look to sweep their doubleheader against the Houston Astros when they play Game 2 on Sunday at 7:38 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Gary Sanchez, C
Jose Altuve, 2B Matt Holliday, DH
Carlos Correa, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Brian McCann, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Chris Carter, 1B
Jake Marisnick, LF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees:

Masahiro Tanaka (5-1, 4.36 ERA) looks to win his sixth start in a row after giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Monday. Tanaka, 28, has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last five starts, recording a 2.78 ERA and holding batters to a .237 batting average in that span. He is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts at home this year.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

We weren't supposed to be speculating on the Yankees adding players at the trade deadline this season, but a 21-9 record after 30 games wasn't expected either. The magnitude of the Yankees' success has begun to percolate questions about whether the Yankees will enter the trade market to add a starting pitcher.

The Yankees lead the American League in a multitude of offensive categories and their bullpen has been spectacular. The rotation has pitched well enough for the most part, but it is the one area which could been seen as a weak link.

Masahiro Tanaka's numbers are somewhat skewed by his horrendous first start of the season, as he's generated a 3.10 ERA in six starts since. CC Sabathia got off to a fine start, reminiscent of his comeback 2016 season, but he's been dreadful (10.43 ERA) in his last three starts. Michael Pineda and Luis Severino have pitched well overall with some dominant performances mixed in with mediocre ones. Finally, Jordan Montgomery has been quite solid as the fifth starter, turning in better efforts each time out.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary SanchezDidi Gregorius and Brett Gardner each drove in two runs while Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth straight start as the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to six games with a 10-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Great American Ball Park. >> Box score


Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a two-run single off Rookie Davis in the first inning, while Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning and a sac fly in the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Gardner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning off Barrett AstinMatt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes both had two hits and an RBI.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Cincinnati Reds, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees go for their sixth straight win when they open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park.

Yankees Reds
Brett Gardner, LF Billy Hamilton, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Zack Cozart, SS
Matt Holliday, 1B Joey Votto, 1B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Duvall, LF
Gary Sanchez, C Eugenio Suarez, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Scott Schebler, RF
Chase Headley, 3B Jose Peraza, 2B
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Tucker Barnhart, C
Masahiro Tanaka, P Rookie Davis, P
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:02:02
Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both hit two home runs as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 11-5.

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each hit two home runs to power the Yankees past the Blue Jays, 11-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The New York Yankees will try to bounce back in the second game of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. EST at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.

Where the Yankees stand

Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Daily News Live: Tanaka's gem 00:02:49
The Daily News Live panel discusses Tanaka's impressive start on Thursday night against a strong Boston Red Sox lineup.

The Daily News Live panel discusses Masahiro Tanaka's impressive start on Thursday night against a strong Boston Red Sox lineup. 

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Apr 27, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Apr 27, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Yankees to a two-game sweep of a rain-shortened series with the Red Sox. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The Yankees (12-7) will try to take the second game of a rain-shortened series with the Red Sox (11-9) at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees were supposed to be working the 2017 season without a strong collection of starting pitching. However, during the Yankees' current eight-game winning streak, the club's starters have silenced the detractors with a 6-0 record, 2.76 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 rate. How long can the run last?

Of the five starters, the pitcher expected to provide sterling efforts, Masahiro Tanaka currently owns the worst ERA. However, in his last start, Tanaka looked more like the pitcher who contended for the Cy Young Award last season. Tanaka had a superb spring training, but struggled in his first two starts (10 ER in 7 2/3 IP).

I don't worry about Tanaka. Once he hits a groove, he can rattle off solid start after solid start. Tanaka is the most complete pitcher of the crew and I have the plenty of faith he can put his rough start behind him.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees (6-4) play the middle game of three-game series against the Cardinals (3-7) Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees are going for their sixth straight win.

 

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:39
Sweeny Murti analyzes what went wrong in the Yanks' 1-4 start and how they've since righted the ship this past week.

The Yankees outlasted St. Louis on Friday night by a score of 4-3. New York notched their 5th straight victory despite a late Cardinals surge and now sit at 6-4 on the season.

The Cardinals threatened the Yankee victory, leaving runners on both second and third when the final out occured.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (5-4) kick off a three day series against The Cardinals (3-6) on Friday night at 7:10. The game begins a six-game home stretch for New York.

Currently, the Yankees are riding a four-game winning streak and finished off a sweep of Tama Bay on Thursday.

 

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Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays, it was announced Monday.

Luis Severino will pitch Thursday, with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka having their next starts pushed back a day.

To make room for Montgomery on the roster, the Yankees optioned Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore at 4:05 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.TV.

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What if Tanaka opts out? 00:02:23
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss if the Yankees have a desire to pursue Masahiro Tanaka after the '17 season if he opts out of his contract.

Hal Steinbrenner refuted a report that claimed the Yankees wouldn't pursue RHP Masahiro Tanaka if he opts out of his contract after the season.

"It ain't on my radar screen right now - an entire season to play," Steinbrenner told The Post. "Secondly, anyone that knows me knows that I don't get emotional or personal about business. Any decision then will be made on a solid analysis of all the relevant data, per usual."

The report, which was in the Daily News, cited a team source who said they didn't see Steinbrenner pursuing Tanaka if he opted out, citing recent poor deals for Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia and claiming that the Yankees were miffed at Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, for threatening to have Tanaka opt out.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of the inning during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of the inning during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka struggled in his regular-season debut, surrendering seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka, who had a 0.38 ERA in six Grapefruit League starts heading into the season, was knocked around from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning and two in the second and third innings.

"That was kind of puzzling for us," manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Erik Boland. "There's going to be days where you don't have your great stuff, but usually because of his command he can find a way to get through it. Today he didn't have his command. You don't make too much of it. It's one game."

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Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)
Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)

The Yankees open the season Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16. 

The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis SeverinoChad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings. 

Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score


  • Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
  • Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes
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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.

I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.

The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

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(Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke with the media on Tuesday in Tampa. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka will get the start on Opening Day.
  • The plan is to use Matt Holiday primarily as a designated hitter.
  • RHP Adam Warren will start games during Spring Training and have a chance to win a spot in the rotation.
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka isn't thinking about the opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, according to the Associated Press.

"It's something that I put aside going into the season," Tanaka said Wednesday through a translator. "Can't be really thinking about that while you go through the season, really focus on this season and when the time comes after the season, then I'll probably have a chance to think about that more."

Tanaka, who threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, is ahead of where he was at this point last year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Masahiro Tanaka has a decision to make at the end of the season and his performance on the mound will likely dictate whether he opts out of the final three seasons of his seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees. Will Tanaka finally put to rest the notion of whether he was an ace in 2016, and can he duplicate that effort in 2017?

How did Tanaka fare in 2016?

Tanaka was far and away the Yankees' top starter in 2016 and pushed himself into the American League Cy Young Award discussion in the process, finishing seventh in the voting. Tanaka threw the most innings of his major league career (199 2/3) and finished with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA (142 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP, 165 strikeouts, and 36 walks...

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)

Yankees INF Didi Gregorius is expected to play for the Dutch team during the World Baseball Classic in March, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Gregorius, 26, hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR, 32 doubles, and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka said over the weekend that he will not pitch for Team Japan during the WBC.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka said he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic in March, according to the Associated Press.

Tanaka said while he took "various things into consideration, it would be difficult," which led to his decision.

Tanaka pitched in 2009 for the champion Japanese team that featured Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka ,giving up three hits and one run with five strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings across four outings.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed a contract extension, general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News. Tanaka will earn $22 million in the fourth year of a seven-year, $155 million deal he signed in 2014. The right-hander can opt out of the deal following the 2017 season.

"We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka," Cashman said. "Hopefully he has a great year, and then he'll have a decision to make. If he doesn't, then he won't."

 

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(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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(Wendell Cruz)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees are in the middle of a transition and there is a good chance RHP Masahiro Tanaka might not be a part of it after 2017.

Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year deal after this season, and if he pitches anything like he did in 2016, he will most certainly test the free agent market. Should the Yankees allow it to get that far?

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(Gary A. Vasquez)

Free agent LHP Rich Hill has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $48 million, the team announced Monday.

The Yankees were "all-in" on Hill, Jim Bowden of ESPN reported Nov. 29.

The Astros and Rangers were also in serious pursuit of Hill, with the Red Sox and Orioles interested to a lesser degree, noted Bowden.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka, who finished seventh in the AL Cy Young voting, believes 2016 was his best season in the majors so far and he'd like that success to translate into the World Baseball Classic, he told the Japan Times. 

Tanaka finished the season 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings, also striking out a career-high 165 batters. 

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(Patrick Gorski)

The New York Yankees received a Cy Young worthy effort from Masahiro Tanaka and a triumphant comeback from CC Sabathia in 2016, but after that the starting rotation was wildly inconsistent. The results will most certainly push the Yankees into investigating the starting pitching market via free agency and through trades, but will they make any significant moves?

The Yankees have options in the organization to round out the rotation -- Michael Pineda, Luis SeverinoLuis CessaBryan Mitchell and Chad Green -- plus a handful of minor leaguers looking to become part of the conversation. The issue here is that there are significant questions about each of those options and to be honest, there are potential problems with Tanaka (elbow) and Sabathia (age) as well. Should the Yankees sit back and hope for the best without approaching the market, the club could miss their second-straight postseason and fourth in five seasons.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?False sense of security in Teixeira and RodriguezThe Yankees scored the second-most runs in the American League in 2015, led by surprise production from first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The players combined for 64 home runs and 165 RBIs that season completely surpassing expectations. However, the Yankees made a poor assumption that they would receive similar performances from an injury-plagued Teixeira and an aging Rodriguez.

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(John Rieger)

After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will not make his scheduled start Saturday and Luis Severino will pitch in his place, the Yankees announced Friday. 

"No Tanaka," Joe Girardi told reporters after Friday's game. "We just decided it's the most starts he's had here. It's the most innings he's had. It's the third-most innings he's had in his career. He's healthy. He threw a really good bullpen a couple of days ago, but it just doesn't make any sense to us."

Tanaka, who missed his last start with a forearm strain, played catch earlier in the week and hoped to pitch against the Orioles. Instead, Tanaka's season will come to an end. He finishes the year at 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings. 

Severino will be making his 11th start with the Yankees this season. He is 3-8 with a 5.75 ERA in 67.1 innings at the major league level in 2016. 

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(Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees turned a ho-hum season into one of excitement as they made a run into postseason contention amid roster turnover. While the run came to an official end Thursday night, the final series of the regular season still carries importance to the Yankees.

Last look at some kids

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka -- who is recovering from a right forearm strain -- played catch on Tuesday, plans to long toss on Wednesday, and hopes to start Saturday at Yankee Stadium, reports Chad Green of LoHud.

However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will not allow Tanaka to start if there's any risk.

"It's a possibility that'll be a discussion that we will be forced to have," Cashman said about allowing Tanaka to start. "We haven't had those. I haven't sat with our doctor, our manager and our trainer. But if there's any risk, there's no reason to do so."

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