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How Masahiro Tanaka’s Debut Compares to Past Hyped International Signings

class="ui-droppable">Considering how it began, the first major league start by Masahiro Tanaka went about as well as that of any other big-name international signing in recent memory.

In his much-hyped, eagerly anticipated debut since signing with the New York Yankees this winter for a whopping $155 million, Tanaka pitched his new club to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at the Rogers Centre.

The 25-year-old former Nippon Professional Baseball star's introduction to Major League Baseball, though, started off rather inauspiciously right from the very first batter.



Former Yankee Melky Cabrera, the Jays outfielder and leadoff hitter, belted Tanaka's third pitch—an 86 mph changeup that ...

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