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[5/15/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on May.15, 2014 @ 3:27 pm, under MLB

Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/14 COL 2
KCR 3
RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Batted lead-off. G6, BB, G5, G5b(BI). Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 5/14 FRI 6
MRO 7
DH 3 1 2 1 1 1   .438
Batted sixth. 1B9, K (foul tip), HR8[1] one RBI[4], BB. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 9th.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/14 HIC 5
CRD 3
2B 3 0 0 0 1 1   .182
Batted ninth. F8, Ks, L9, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 5/14 NYY 4
NYM 0
114-76 30 9.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 2.17
Started the game. Recorded the first shutout of his MLB career. Went 1-for-4 at the plate, recorded first MLB hit: F9, G4, Ks, 1B8. (W, 6-0). Caught Chris Young trying to steal second in the 5th. This was the twenty-first shutout recorded by a Japanese pitcher, first since Hiroki Kuroda on April 14, 2013. First Yankee rookie to begin career 6-0 as a starter since Whitey Ford in 1950; first Yankee rookie to toss a shutout since Orlando Hernandez in 1998. Extended personal winning streak (NPB+MLB) to thirty-four (has not lost a game since August 19, 2012). Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, ZakZak 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014, MLB.com Post-game Interview, MLB.com Last Pitch, MLB.com Highlights

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Texas Rangers

MLB reversed the ruling on David Ortiz's two-out fly ball in the 7th inning of Yu Darvish's last start against the Red Sox on the 9th. From the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant:

As it turns out, Yu Darvish didn't take a no-hitter to with one out of completion on Friday, after all.

The no-hitter was gone by the end of the seventh.

It just took Major League Baseball five days to decide.

After being petitioned by David Ortiz, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre on Wednesday, using the scorer's review process, changed the ruling on Ortiz's two-out fly ball in the seventh inning that fell between a pair of fielders from an error to a hit.

... Weller cited rule 10.12 (a) (1) that allows for a scorer to rule a ball an error if, in the scorer's mind, fielders using ordinary effort should have caught the ball.

Source: Dallas Morning News 5/14/2014

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Sponichi posted Tanaka's interaction with the media after Wednesday's shutout.

The Yankees were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.

I wanted to try and stop the losing streak.

What was good about your outing today?

I was able to get hitters out early in the count and that let me pitch through to the 9th.

What does this shutout mean to you?

Getting by on fewer pitches will naturally translate into more innings. But it isn't something I'm always thinking about.

Do you feel things are getting better?

I think this may have been my best outing. I was able to use a lot of my pitches and was to take different kinds of approaches.

You still haven't lost.

I want to win each game I pitch, as long as that opportunity exists.

How do you feel about being relied on with all the recent injuries?

I didn't really think anyone saw me that way in my first year until I started pitching. I will do my best to continue pitching well so that people can see me that way.

How does it feel to succeed?

I signed a seven-year deal. It will be about how I performed over that time. I don't think a few good months means I've succeeded or anything.

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2014