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[3/2/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 12:49 pm, under MLB


Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/1 PHI 0
RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .200
Batted seventh. G4, 1B7 RBI, G6. Replaced on defense in the 7th. Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014, Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Sponichi 3/2/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/1 TOR 7
SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Entered the game at short in the 6th. Grounded out to second in his only at bat in the 7th. Replaced by pinch-hitter in the 9th. Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014, Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Sponichi 3/2/2014


Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 3/1 PHI 0
  6 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 3rd inning. Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014, Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Sponichi 3/2/2014
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 3/1 PHI 0
  8 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 5th inning. Threw thirty-two pitches, topped out at 151km/h. Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014, Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Sponichi 3/2/2014, Sanspo 3/2/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BOS 3/1 BOS 2
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game the in the bottom of the 8th and retired the side in order. Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014, Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Sponichi 3/2/2014


Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish Bullpen 3/2 30 Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014


New York Yankees

  • According to Nikkan Sports, Masahiro Tanaka made his first exhibition game appearance after tossing 221 pitches over five bullpen sessions and two batting practice sessions. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014 ... Tanaka is a candidate for Sports Illustrated's MLB cover in late March. The issue will feature an interview by Tom Verducci. Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2014
  • NHK is working on a special featuring Hideki Matsui and Hiroki Kuroda. The program will air some time in late March on BS1. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2014


Masahiro Tanaka's first exhibition game:

5th inning - 17 pitches, 1 hit, 0 runs

  • Darin Ruf (three pitches) - first pitch was a 149km/h fastball - 1B8 on 146km/h fastball
  • Cody Asche (two pitches) - F7 on 148km/h fastball
  • Cameron Rupp (five pitches) - F7 on 138km/h splitter
  • Cesar Hernandez (seven pitches) - Ks on 149km/h fastball

6th inning - 15 pitches, 1 hit, 0 runs

  • Ben Revere (three pitches) - Ks on 141km/h splitter
  • Ronny Cedeno (three pitches) - 1B8 on 149km/h fastball
  • Domonic Brown (five pitches) - Ks 144km/h fastball
  • Kelly Dugan (four pitches) - F8 146km/h fastball

Source: Sponichi 3/2/20104

Nikkan Sports has posted a portion of Tanaka's interaction with the media after his outing on Saturday.

You got your first outing out of the way.

I feel relieved. This was my first game since coming over here. I was a little nervous, but felt good out there.

How was your outing?

I pretty much Francisco Cervelli call all the shots. I think the pitch patterns will change and I'm sure there will be times when I shake him off. I want to keep the lines of communication open.

What do you need to work on?

I have to work a little more on my control. I want to keep working on my delivery. There were also times when I could have thrown fewer pitches, so stuff like that.

How did it feeling striking hitters out?

Nothing really special about it.

Your aspirations of pitching in the Majors came true by playing for the Yankees. How did it feel?

I didn't come here because of an aspiration. I came here to play. I have to keep making adjustments.

It is 5:30am in Japan. Do you have a message for your fans?

Good night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

Sanspo has also posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media.

This game got a lot of attention.

I wasn't worried about.  It was like, "are they really that interested in me?"

How did you feel mentally?

I wasn't really that excited, but I was able to pitch with some good tension.  I think I was fairly calm.

How did it feel?

There is still a long way to go.  But I got off to a good start.  I have to keep making adjustments.

You gave up a hit to the first batter your faced.

That was my fault entirely.  There were two strikes and the fastball went right down the middle of the plate.  It was not a good pitch.

Did you discover things you have to work on after this outing?

A lot.  But I will keep that to myself.

Were you able to learn anything from how the hitters reacted?

It was a first for the hitters and for me.  Even if I were to face the same hitters, the results would probably change, as would their approach.  Still, it was good to see their reactions.  I also have to do my homework.

Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014

Tanaka tweeted the following message after his outing on Saturday.






I pitched against the Phillies.

I threw two innings and did not allow a run.

This was my first outing of the year and I was able to get right in without any problems.

I felt nervous but I think I threw the ball okay.

Thank you to all the fans in Japan that cheered for me, even though it was early in the morning.