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[2/5/2014] Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.05, 2014 @ 7:13 pm, under MLB

Koji Uehara appeared at a public relations event for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2014


The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

New York Yankees' Pitching Coach Larry Rothchild on Tanaka, from the New York Post's Kevin Kernan and Dan Martin:

"I've watched a lot of tape and I had that one conversation with him and have emailed back and forth with his interpreter," Rothschild said Tuesday at the Yankees" minor league complex. "We signed him because he has good stuff and he can command the ball and he is a good competitor."

... "The command of the fastball is good. The split is very good — you can tell on tape some, but you need to see the split in person to see the real action on it. The slider is good too. He's got some weapons."

As for the workload, Tanaka will not be having 160-pitch outings with the Yankees, but Rothschild said, "I want him to start games thinking he is going to finish games. The adjustments are he's going to be pitching every fifth day, the parks, the baseball. There's going to be adjustments he has to make, but he is committed to doing that and he has been throwing with the MLB baseball for quite a long time. He's got the presence of mind to know what he needs to do when he gets here."

Source: New York Post 2/4/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

YES Network will air a Rakuten-Yomiuri game played on June 9, 2013.  From the YES Network:

The YES Network will give many Yankees fans their first extended look at newly acquired Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Monday, February 10 (7 pm ET), when it airs the June 9, 2013 Nippon Professional League game between the Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yomiuri Giants. Tanaka started the game for the Golden Eagles and threw seven shutout innings for his 8th win enroute to a perfect 24-0 season. YES' February 10 presentation is provided in partnership with ONE World Sports, the TV home of the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: YES Network 2/4/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

Tanaka threw twenty-eight pitches during his bullpen session (standing catcher) on Tuesday.  Eighteen were with a no-wind-up delivery and ten from the set position.

Source: Sanspo 2/4/2014