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Masahiro Tanaka Announced as Yankees’ Starter for 2016 Opening Day

class="ui-droppable">For the second straight year, the New York Yankees will call upon Masahiro Tanaka to be their Opening Day starter.  

On Thursday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the news in an interview with YES Network (via Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com). Tanaka will take the mound for the Yankees in their season opener on Monday at Yankee Stadium against reigning American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros.

"I kind of wanted the first four guys to know when their days were and we just went ahead with it," said Girardi, per YES Network (via Matthews). "[Tanaka] feels good. He's confident that he's ready to go.''

The decision by Girardi to go with Tanaka means the Yankees-Astros matchup will ...

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