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article imageMasahiro Tanaka loses his second game of the season

By Zach Gilliland     Jun 22, 2014 in Sports
Masahiro Tanaka lost Sunday, for only the second time in his short MLB career. The Yankee pitcher has been outstanding this season, with an 11-2 mark and a 2.11 ERA, both stats including Sunday's loss.
Tanaka allowed three earned runs over six hits on Sunday as New York fell to the Baltimore Orioles 8-0.
The first-year Yankee entered the game with a 1.99 ERA, which was best in the American League, but received no run support. Opposing pitcher Chris Tillman allowed only four hits in seven innings of work.
Tanaka, who is an early favorite for the AL Rookie of the Year award, will look to rebound next weekend when the Yankees take on the divisional rival Boston Red Sox.
Many expected Tanaka to have an immediate impact for the Yankees this season, but not many expected him to perform this well. New York certainly did, as they signed the pitcher from Japan to a seven-year, $155 million contract in the offseason.
Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 2013 while pitching in Japan, so the Yankees were betting their money that he could do the same in the MLB.
After Sunday's loss, the Yankees are now tied with Baltimore for 2nd place in the AL East, both teams 1.5 games behind division leader Toronto.
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