Jul 8, 2014
Tanaka goes for 13th win against Indians
Masahiro Tanaka tries to become the majors' first 13- game winner on Tuesday when the New York Yankees continue their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
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(SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka tries to become the majors' first 13- game winner on Tuesday when the New York Yankees continue their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Tanaka has been spectacular for the Yankees this season. Besides leading the league in wins, his 2.27 ERA is second in the American League to Seattle's Felix Hernandez. His 0.97 WHIP is also second to Hernandez and in 122 2/3 innings this season, he has registered a remarkable 130 strikeouts to just 18 walks
He was rewarded on Sunday by being named to the AL All-Star team, but he will likely not be able to pitch in the game, as he is slated to make his final start of the first half on Sunday.
"It's obviously an event that not everybody can be a part of," Tanaka said of making the AL All-Star squad. "I'm very excited to get this opportunity."
Tanaka had his worst start of the season his last time out in Minnesota, as he failed to register a quality start for the first time this season. Still, he snapped a personal two-game losing streak, but surrendered four runs and nine hits in seven innings.
"He probably wasn't quite as sharp as he's been, but you're gonna have starts like that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And he did a good job of minimizing damage and giving us a chance to win."
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Trevor Bauer, who is 2-4 with a 4.42 ERA. Bauer did not get a decision on Wednesday in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers reached him for three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of his team's 5-4 win.
"I don't really think I've done a good job myself," said Bauer, who lost his only other start to the Yankees. "That's what's most frustrating. I feel like I can do a much better job."
New York got a terrific effort from rookie Shane Greene in Monday's opener, as he gave up two runs in six innings of the Yankees' 5-3 win. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki all had three hits for New York, which has won four of its last five games on the heels of a season-worst five-game losing streak.
"We knew he had talent, but he did an outstanding job," Girardi said about Greene.
Former Yankee Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes homered for the Indians, who suffered their second loss in six games.
It was a third consecutive brief outing for Justin Masterson (4-6). The Cleveland right-hander was charged for five runs on six hits and walked three in two-plus innings.
"It looked like again command, fell behind and threw some pitches that got hit pretty hard," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Masterson.
The Yankees were 6-1 against the Indians last season and have won 16 of the last 18 matchups.