You are thinking the same thing I am.
Where was THIS Tanaka all year?
In his final regular season start of what has been a disappointing, inconsistent year, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant. Seven shutout innings, just 3 hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts.
He retired the first 14 batters he faced.
Meanwhile, the resurgent Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI.
The 90-70 Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-0 and for the time being (Boston is playing as I write this) still are not eliminated from winning the AL East (although Boston’s magic # to win is 1).
UPDATE: Boston lost, so the Yanks are still mathematically alive for the AL East title, going into Game 161. They are two back with two to go. If a tie, a playoff game will be on Monday (Game 163) at Yankee Stadium. To win the division, the Yanks must win out and Boston must lose out.
In the first inning, the Yanks scored twice. With one out, Ellsbury singled and Judge walked. Didi singled to load the bases. Castro singled in a run and Bird hit a SF for another.
In the fifth, Romine singled and after Hicks forced him at second, Hicks stole second. After Ellsbury lined out, Judge singled in Hicks but was nabbed trying for two.
In the sixth, Didi singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bird.
Tanaka (W, 13-12, 4.74) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 15 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Betances 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.87 Concerning.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.28
Didi 2 hits
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.
The Phillies announced that their manager, Pete Mackanin, will be bumped up to the front office. They’re looking for a new manager.
They will also be playing the Mets in Williamsport, PA next August as baseball continues the “Little League Classic” they had this year.
Finally, the WS MVP Award has been named in honor of Willie Mays.