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Masahiro Tanaka’s Odds of A.L.’s First-Ever Cy Young, R.O.Y. in Same Season

class="ui-droppable">Take a moment to try this one on for size: Masahiro Tanaka as the American League's answer to Fernando Valenzuela.

That'll be the case if the New York Yankees' $175 million ace wins both the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award. Valenzuela did that in the National League in 1981, but the next American Leaguer to pull it off will be the first.

And I'll be darned if I don't like Tanaka's odds to do just that.

The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander was already looking the part of the AL's best pitcher, rookie or otherwise, before he faced the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Then he went out and did his thing, pitching six innings and giving up only one run with 10 strikeouts en route to his 11th win in ...

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