Mar 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka strikes out six in win today vs Braves

Right handed starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has what it takes to compete for the American League Cy Young award. There are a couple match ups that I’m excited to watch this upcoming season and Tanaka vs Yu Darvish is one of those match ups.

Now today, Tanaka and the Yankees took on the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League action. Tanaka held Atlanta to just one run over four and one-third innings while striking out six.

Masahiro is having himself an impressive first Spring Training with the Yankees so far, only allowing two runs, striking out 10 in just nine and one-third innings. His splitter is proving to be his most dangerous pitch when batters are down in the count, so opposing hitters are going to have to show a lot of plate discipline.

The Yankees won the game today by the score of 7-4, with catcher Brian McCann playing his former team. Braves outfielder B.J. Upton stole his fourth base of the Spring off his former teammate, so I’m sure both of these guys had themselves a couple laughs after the game was over.

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