Yankees Tanaka Ready For First Start Against Rival Red Sox

April 22, 2014 1:41 PM
Yankees Tanaka Ready For First Start Against Rival Red Sox
" BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start Tuesday night at Fenway Park: the Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.

The Japanese star plays his first game at Fenway on Tuesday night, when the Yankees kick off a three-game series against their AL East rival.

“I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ve seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there’s a rivalry between the two teams going into the game. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

The 25-year-old righty has a simple plan for the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field.

“I understand that if you give up flyballs, it might be dangerous,” he said. “So, I think the best thing to do is try to get as many groundball outs as possible.”

Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three games with 28 strikeouts and two walks in 22 innings. He has twirled back-to-back 10 K games, and his 28 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts "

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