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  1. Masahiro Tanaka to pitch on Sunday

    Sep 16, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    In a real game. Not a simulation.

  2. Masahiro Tanaka pitches another simulated game

    Sep 15, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Hope he comes back soon so the Yankees have a shot at making the simulated playoffs.

  3. Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to start instructional league game in Tampa on Monday

    Sep 10, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka threw around 44 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday and came out of it feeling fine, so he’s been given clearance to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

  4. Cubs will be in position to make a splash with Jon Lester

    Sep 10, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation piece in the rebuild at Clark and Addison.

  5. Masahiro Tanaka throws another simulated game

    Sep 9, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    He’s not yet up to the same number of simulated games as real games this year, but it’s getting close.

  6. Masahiro Tanaka threw a successful bullpen session

    Sep 7, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka stepped back on a mound Saturday for the first time since a bout of arm fatigue shut down his rehab program. He’s trying to avoid surgery for a partially-torn UCL in his right elbow.

  7. Masahiro Tanaka to throw bullpen session Saturday

    Sep 4, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Tanaka was shut down in mid-July, but rather than immediately go under the knife and begin the 12-month (or longer) recovery process he’s hoping rest and rehab will do the trick.

  8. The Yankees intend to offer Brian Cashman a new contract

    Sep 4, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The Yankees long-time GM is about to become its longer-time GM.

  9. Masahiro Tanaka cleared to resume throwing program

    Sep 2, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Before being shut down in mid-July the 25-year-old rookie from Japan went 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, including a 135/19 K/BB ratio in 129 innings.

  10. Masahiro Tanaka experiencing “general arm soreness”

    Aug 29, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    No doctor appointments are scheduled as a result, but soreness is not great news.

  11. Masahiro Tanaka pitches a simulated game, on track to pitch in September

    Aug 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Yankees are two and a half games back in the wild card and could use a shot in the arm.

  12. Money, money, money (and Bud Selig’s nirvana)

    Aug 26, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Here at the end of his tenure, baseball is closer to Selig’s nirvana than perhaps ever before.

  13. Yankees considering six-man rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns

    Aug 23, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka is making progress towards a September return, at which point the Yankees could utilize a six-man rotation.

  14. Masahiro Tanaka to throw against live hitters Saturday

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka’s attempt to avoid Tommy John elbow surgery with the rest-and-rehab approach has gone well enough that the Yankees right-hander will face live hitters for the first time Saturday.

  15. Masahiro Tanaka throws all his pitches in bullpen session

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed in early July with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow — the injury that almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery — but he’s trying the rest and rehab route first and it’s actually going pretty smoothly so far.

  16. Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen do the ice bucket challenge

    Aug 20, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

    Ice Bucket

    In addition to raising awareness of a good cause, Jeter’s challenge raised awareness of CC Sabathia’s actual existence.

  17. Masahiro Tanaka throws first bullpen session since being shut down with elbow injury

    Aug 16, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the disabled list in early July with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

  18. Masahiro Tanaka will throw a 25-pitch bullpen on Saturday

    Aug 15, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Masahiro Tanaka will throw 25 fastballs in a bullpen session on Saturday as the Yankees attempt to get him back into pitching shape for a late-September return.

  19. Jonathan Schoop owns the Yankees (and is terrible against everyone else)

    Aug 14, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jonathan Schoop

    Orioles rookie Jonathan Schoop homered against the Yankees last night for the second straight game and the 23-year-old infielder has hit .379 with four homers, two doubles, and a 1.262 OPS in nine games versus New York.

  20. Masahiro Tanaka throws 10 fastballs on flat ground, hopes to return to Yankees this season

    Aug 13, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed last month with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and that injury pretty much always leads to Tommy John reconstructive surgery, but the right-hander is still holding out hope that rest and rehab will do the trick.

  21. David Phelps has had elbow problems for “three or four weeks”

    Aug 4, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Because the injuries to the Yankees’ starting rotation apparently never stop, David Phelps exited last night’s game after two innings with what the team is calling right elbow inflammation.

  22. Masahiro Tanaka could test out his elbow if given clearance Monday

    Aug 3, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Some potentially uplifting news for the Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka could play catch if given clearance by a doctor tomorrow. The pitcher hasn’t pitched in a month due to a right elbow injury.

  23. Masahiro Tanaka “is still reporting discomfort in his elbow”

    Jul 24, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is supposed to rest for six weeks before doctors determine if he needs Tommy John elbow surgery, but 10 days into the process things aren’t going well.

  24. Yankees GM Brian Cashman will prioritize pitching leading up to the trade deadline

    Jul 17, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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    The Yankees have lost four-fifths of their starting rotation with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and Ivan Nova all sidelined due to injury, but general manager Brian Cashman isn’t ready to throw in the towel on the season.

  25. MLB All-Star Game’s continued irrelevance could be saved by going international

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    MLB All-Stars vs. Japanese League All-Stars, anyone?

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