Tanaka, Yankees spoil Blue Jays' Stroman's homecoming

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2014. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Nobody in the Blue Jay clubhouse was conceding anything Tuesday night, but even pro athletes can be realists.

So, let’s be real and understand that with Masahiro Tanaka -- probably the best Japanese pitcher ever to perform in North America -- on the mound against you, it’s a low-percentage proposition to think you’re going to walk away a victor.

In Tanaka’s 13 previous starts this season, the New York Yankees had won 11 times and now you can make that 12 of 14.

The crafty righthander gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch he delivered Tuesday, then nothing more the rest of the way through six innings of work as New York spoiled Marcus Stroman’s homecoming with a 3-1 victory.

It is important to note that in games where Tanaka is merely a spectator, the Yankees have a mediocre 24-31 record.


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