NEW YORK: New York pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was beaten for only the second time since leaving Japan as the Baltimore Orioles routed the host Yankees 8-0 yesterday.
Tanaka, a winner in eight of his prior nine Major League Baseball starts, fell to 11-2 on the season and saw his five-game win streak snapped.
The 25-year-old right-hander struck out six, giving him 119 strikeouts on the season, while walking only one batter but surrendered three runs on six hits, including a solo home run by Jonathan Schoop in the second inning to put Baltimore ahead to stay. It was the first loss at Yankee Stadium this season after five victories for Tanaka, who signed a seven-year deal worth $155 million with New York last January.
Sunday marked Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium with dozens of former Yankee greats in attendance, including Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson.
Among those making his first appearance at the ceremonies was Japan’s Hideki Matsui, the World Series Most Valuable Player in the Yankees’ run to the title in 2009.
Texas hurler Yu Darvish struck out nine but gave up five runs over six innings to take the loss on Sunday as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 5-2.
The Angels scored a run in the first and added four more in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.
CJ Cron and Kole Calhoun both homered in the fourth off Darvish -- the fourth time in 75 Major League Baseball starts that the Rangers’ Japanese Ace allowed two home runs in one inning.
Cron belted his solo shot with one out in the fourth. After Darvish walked Hank Conger David Freese smacked a double that scored Conger.
Calhoun then launched his two-run blast down the right-field line to give the Angels a five-run cushion.AFP