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Masahiro Tanaka’s Opening Day Flop Is Instant Reality Check for 2015 Yankees

class="ui-droppable">If the New York Yankees want to return to the postseason in 2015, they're going to need Masahiro Tanaka to be the ace he was in 2014. That's pretty much non-negotiable.

Through one game, here's how that's going: not so good.

Tanaka drew the Yankees' Opening Day assignment against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and looked very little like the guy who posted a 2.77 ERA and 6.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014. In four innings, he allowed five runs (four earned) on two walks and five hits, one of which left the yard.

That got the Yankees off on the wrong foot in what went into the books as a 6-1 loss, and Katie Sharp of River Ave. Blues notes that it was the shortest Opening Day start by ...

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