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ESPN- Cold, shorter rest, a bigger ball. No matter the challenges, Masahiro Tanaka is making a smooth transition from Japan to the major leagues for one major reason: his split-fingered fastball. Tanaka allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings on a frigid Monday, Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game and New York welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the current Yankee Stadium with a 3-0 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. “That split is not something you want to sit on. It’s not something you’re going to be able to handle,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “But, as it was coming out of the hand, as the guys were coming in, they were saying, `Gosh, it looks like a fastball. It ends up diving.” And it makes batters look silly. The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander struck out 10 for his second straight start, this time while wearing three-quarter sleeves on a 43-degree day that felt much colder because of a brisk wind. Tanaka (2-0) gave up a replay-aided hit to Junior Lake in the second inning, and Anthony Rizzo pushed a bunt toward a vacated third base with a shifted infield leading off the seventh. Tanaka has 28 strikeouts in 22 innings, the most strikeouts for a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts, according to the Yankees via the Elias Sports Bureau. His 28 strikeouts through his first three major league games are tied for third-most since 1900, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He is also the second pitcher since 1900 to start his MLB career with at least eight K’s in each of his first three games, joining the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg (who did it in four straight in 2010).
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I can hear all of you simple fucks right now “It’s only April. He won’t be shit. There are still 10000 more games left.” Well you can all go fuck yourselves. I know what day it is, I’m not slow. I understand that 60% through the season he could and most likely will slow down with his strikeout-walk ratio but I don’t give a shit right now. The pitching has been awful for the Yanks the past few years and I am going to be excited about this right now. CC looks terrible. Kuroda will be solid and Nova looks like he can string some wins together. But Pineda and Tanaka are the guys to watch and they will be the most exciting 4-5 in baseball by far. Sure Pineda puts a little ‘dirt’ in his hand for grip, who cares. He looks a billion times better than fat boy Jose Montero out in Seattle so I think we won out on that trade, even if it is 3 years after the fact. So fellow Yankee fans, rejoice! We are having a good April with minimal injuries and some solid pitching. Outside of CC. That guy needs to start eating some Captain Crunch holy shit.

-Jesse

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ESPN- For one day at least, the moderate-payroll San Diego Padres are in first place in the NL West, ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Dodgers in baseball’s North American opener Sunday night. Smith’s first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings. It sailed an estimated 360 feet into the right-field seats. It was his seventh career pinch-hit homer. He was acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland for reliever Luke Gregerson. “They’re all just one game, but when you’re facing a team like the Dodgers, full of great players, Brian Wilson, a guy who knows how to get it done in those situations, it’s not easy to do what our hitters did,” said Huston Street, who pitched a perfect ninth for the save. “To come back and get three right there in that situation, especially after leaving guys on base early, that’s what this team is going to have to do to win. We’re going to have to battle all year long.” The Dodgers set a record with an Opening Day payroll of $234 million. The Padres are 23rd at just under $90 million.

Opening Day is upon us, and by that I mean roughly two and a half weeks of Opening games played all over the world. Should it be a national holiday? Yes and no. Yes because baseball fucking rules and is a national past time, but no because then it’s just officially one day. Then again one extra Monday off of work would be amazing. Either way, baseball is upon us. The Dodgers, who have roughly 5 players on the roster who make enough to BUY the Padres, lost to their Cali rivals in a rare blown save by Brian Wilson. For a guy who shares the name of a Beach Boy he sure looks like Satan. I bet it works in his favor to add to the “Relief Pitchers are Fucking Weird” schtick, but I am really glad he hates the Yanks and doesn’t want to play there. You don’t go from a class act like Mo Rivera to an extra from the last Rob Zombie music video (they still make those right?)
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PS I see he wears the Oakley’s with headphones to warm up. Can he wear them while he pitches? That would be so fucking cool. Just make sure there is no blue toothed way for the managers to communicate with him and I would put them in every pitchers ears in baseball. Get CC all jacked up on Jigga Man and watch the no hitters roll in.

-Jesse

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ESPN- Masahiro Tanaka has decided to sign with the New York Yankees, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Tanaka’s deal with the Yankees is worth $155 million over seven years and includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year, according to the source. Tanaka, 25, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese League last season and is considered by many to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

IT’S A CELEBRATION BITCHES!


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This is the news I needed on a boring ass Wednesday morning. While trying to avoid all the fucking “Guess What Day It Is?” posts on Facebook (burn in hell Geico) I see “Tanaka to Sign with the Yankees” and my day has officially been made. Sure he is unproven in the US but when compared to the other pitchers who have come from Japan he beats all of their stats. One on one comparison to Yu Darvish, the stud pitcher down in Texas, Tanaka had more wins, fewer losses, same innings pitched, and a lower ERA. The only thing Yu was better at was strikeouts but after watching Darvish pitch there aren’t many who can beat him there. (These are all stats from the last 3 years in Japan before coming to America). Tanaka is much less a fireball thrower than Darvish, he fastball is around mid 90’s but his specialty is the movement he has on a slider and a splitter that drops off the god damn map. A slimmed down CC, Kuroda who never ages, a healthy Pineda and now Tanaka, I could pitch in the 5th spot and they will probably be ok. But here is a rundown of what the new Yankees will look like, and yes I will be typing with one hand while I stroke my cock with the other.

C-Brian McCann (short porch murderer)
1- Mark Texieira (switch hitting madman)
2- Brian Roberts (good player, cheaper than Cano)
SS- Yeeeeaa Jeets (GOD) (Also Brendan Ryan as his sub)
3- Kelly Johnson (solid player, hard worker –typical white guy stuff)
LF- Brett Gardner (takes 99 pitches an AB, steals 99 bases)
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury (part 2 of fastest white guy in baseball tandem, loves to get on base)
RF- Carlos Beltran (just happy to be out of Queens)
DH- Alfonso Soriano (34 HRs last year)
SP- Masahiro Tanaka
SP- Skinny CC
SP- Hiroki Kuroda
SP- Ivan Nova
SP- Michael Pineda
Truly the only big hole is Big Mo but no one could even fill that void. We will have to learn from trial and error there.

I really love how this team is coming together. Yea they spent a bunch but guess what? No ARod fucking shit up and no Cano (really sucks but fuck him he can rot in Seattle). I’m really not against saying that Tanaka, Kuroda and Ichiro will have career years just bullshitting in Japanese about Japan stuff and eating sushi every day. World Series City.

-Jesse

Skinny CC??

Jeter is back and CC is Skinny!! 100 wins this year, book it