Sports: Masahiro Tanaka pitches well, but gets no support in Yankees’ loss

(From Newsday)



A rotation in need of a few positive vibes got some Tuesday night.

The bats and bullpen were another matter.

Masahiro Tanaka looked very much like his dominant pre-injury 2014 self but the Yankees, who earlier in the day disclosed Nathan Eovaldi could be lost for the season, failed to get much going offensively in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles in front of 30,785 at the Stadium.

“It’s a big blow that he’s not in our starting rotation anymore,” Tanaka said through his translator. “That said, we starting pitchers and everybody else have to try to do our best in order to pick him up.”

Tanaka, up and down much of the season and with a 4.66 ERA his previous three starts, did his part, allowing one run and six hits in eight innings.

“He was great tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t ask for anything more.” Read more

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