Has Masahiro Tanaka been worth his Yankees contract?

Archer, Rays eye bounce-back year, begin against Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws the first pitch of the season during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A first-time All-Star in 2015 who lost an AL-leading 19 times last season, Archer limited NY to two runs and seven hits.

The Rays would extend the lead back to three runs in the second, as Kiermaier reached on a two-out walk and Longoria hit a home run that barely cleared the low wall in the left-field corner for the first home run of 2017.

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Masahiro Tanaka has been the bright spot for the Yankees for the past few seasons and one of the better starters in the rotation, today was not his day, the question is how long until this year is not his year?

Yadier Molina then was awarded the first no-pitch intentional walk in major league history, part of baseball's offseason rule changes created to speed up the game. It seems that Yankees surrendered their game to the Rays with Tanaka unable to use his pitching skills effectively during the match. In all of 2016, Tanaka gave up four first-inning runs.

This second shortest of Tanaka's 76 career starts - he allowed seven runs, five earned, over 1 2/3 innings in Boston on September 27, 2014 - went bad right away.

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Early reports of the Major League Baseball 2017 showed disappointing results as far as Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees are concerned. He did get the ground ball from Logan Morrison, but it skipped by a diving Ronald Torreyes behind second base ... "Forget the north I'm coming back down south for opening day", Said Sine, who added she's hoping she can witness a Rays winning season from the Pittsburg Pirates' backyard. He's owned Chris Archer throughout his career with 19 hits, 4 walks and 2 HR over 34 at-bats (.559 average) against the Rays RHP and came out strong to begin previous year with a.275 average and 11 SB in 16 tries over the first two months of the 2016 season.

For his part, Tanaka has pitched well while with the Yankees and despite the tear in the UCL, has earned his place as the staff ace. In addition, the pitcher walked two batters and fanned three. Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch from Seung-hwan Oh and Jason Heyward singled before Willson Contreras hit a drive to left for a tying homer. Tanaka looked to be settling in as he retired four consecutive Rays.

Gary Sanchez, last year's sensation, went 0-for-5, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He gave up eight hits and two walks. Longoria turned Masahiro Tanaka's cutter into a laser beam down the left-field line. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 division matchups while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 home games.

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