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Tanaka turns in three-hit shutout vs. Devil Rays

On a night they bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Orioles closer Zach Britton for three Minor League prospects, the Yankees got a complete-game shutout from Masahiro Tanaka in a 4-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday night.

“It’s satisfying, but as the season continues, we still have a lot more games to play,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’ll allow myself to celebrate tonight and then back to business tomorrow.”

Tanaka retired the first 12 batters he faced, and he needed just eight pitches to make it through the second and nine in the third and fourth. He needed just 105 pitches total — 74 for strikes — to get through his sixth MLB complete game. He finished the night allowing just three hits and a walk and tied his season high with nine strikeouts. Read More