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Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka finally loses a game

Nov 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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Masahiro Tanaka‘s record unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday, as the Rakuten Golden Eagles lost 4-2 to the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Series.

Tanaka went 30 starts between losses dating back to last August, setting a professional record. The 25-year-old right-hander finished the regular season at 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183/32 K/BB ratio over 212 innings and he remained undefeated in the postseason until he gave up four runs on 12 hits and one walk in today’s complete-game loss.

The Eagles are expected to make Tanaka available via the posting process once the Japan Series is over, with bidding likely to exceed the $51.7 million fee the Rangers paid in order to secure exclusive negotiating rights with Yu Darvish two offseasons ago. David Waldstein of the New York Times notes that Tanaka threw 160 pitches in today’s outing, which is something MLB teams won’t be thrilled to hear about.

  1. brandonmauk - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    He lost a game? He sucks!

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I see what you’re trying to do.

  2. anxovies - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Ah, man! And just before he is ready to negotiate a big league contract. Doesn’t it always happen that way? One fact about Tanaka, he was the number one draft pick of the Nippon Ham Fighters out of high school. Why do Japanese baseball teams fight hams?

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      i don’t know, but if i were you i would NOT go to japan.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      One fact about Tanaka, he was the number one draft pick of the Nippon Ham Fighters out of high school. Why do Japanese baseball teams fight hams?

      The name of the company that owns the team is Nippon Ham, and they are the Fighters. It’s like saying the team from MA that just won the WS is the Boston Red and they are the Sox.

      • anxovies - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        You have a sense of humor similar to that of my second ex-wife.

    • joeyjoshotaku - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      The company name is Nippon Ham. The team name is Fighters.

      You see, Japanese teams are named with companies.

      But yeah, I like the sound of Ham Fighters instead.

  3. buffalo65 - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Prediction, jays finally get off the pot and give up 100 million posting fee and this guy goes 2-7 and needs tommy John by June.

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