MLB iron on transfer, Masahiro Tanaka stinks, but 1

  • BALTIMORE -- Nobody in the New York Yankees' clubhouse is giving up on Masahiro Tanaka, but nobody has any answers either. Formerly the team’s ace, Tanaka is a very bad pitcher right now.

    The Yankees continue to rule out the possibility that he is hurt. You can choose MLB iron on transfers here. They have talked about it, manager Joe Girardi said, but there are no new tests to take, despite the fact that after another stinker Wednesday, Tanaka is 5-5 with a 6.34 ERA in 11 starts -- at least a third of his season, already in the books.

    Girardi did not try to sugar coat Tanaka's 5⅔ innings of seven-run, nine-hit ball in a 10-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He didn’t try to use Aaron Judge's misplay in the third inning to try to excuse Tanaka. There were too many balls, too much pitching behind in the count, too many weak fastballs and not enough trademark sliders or splitters.

    The only thing that could qualify as a definitive reason wasn’t a good one for the team’s fans: Well, maybe this isn’t Tanaka’s year.

    "If we knew, we would have a Nintendo controller and we would fix it every time," Girardi said. "There is the human element in this too. Guys have tougher years than others. That is part of it, too. A guy like Dallas Keuchel last year. He was the Cy Young and great, then he struggled last year. No one is perfect in this game. It is a hard game."