Tanaka (9-4) threw six innings Thursday, allowing two runs on nine hits in the 3-1 loss to the Rays. He struck out six batters and took the loss. Taking the loss was a tough break for Tanaka, but it was nice to see him bounce back from his rough start against Texas last time out. The 6-foot-3 righty got in some trouble in the first inning, allowing a pair of RBI doubles before settling in for five straight scoreless frames. He now owns a 4.03 ERA and a 117:29 K:BB in 114 innings. Tanaka will look to break his two-start losing streak in Miami on Wednesday.
Tanaka (9-3) picked up the loss Friday against the Rangers, allowing six runs in five innings on six hits (three of them homers) and three walks while striking out just two. Tanaka threw three scoreless innings to start the game before the wheels fell off. He allowed homers to Adrian Beltre and Ronald Guzman in the fourth inning, a two-run double to Elvis Andrus in the fifth and another homer to Guzman to lead off the sixth. The start was perhaps Tanaka's worst of the season, tying for the most runs he's allowed this year since he allowed six to the Red Sox back on April 11. He'll look to get back on track Wednesday against the Rays.
Tanaka (9-2) earned the win against the Orioles on Tuesday, recording eight strikeouts and allowing three hits and two walks over six scoreless innings. Tanaka hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts (15 innings), giving up only six hits and three walks. The 29-year now has a 3.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 100:25 K:BB across 98.1 innings, and will hope to continue this stellar stretch at Boston on Sunday.
Tanaka's next outing has been moved to Tuesday versus Baltimore with J.A. Happ starting against Kansas City on Sunday, Jack Curry of YES Network reports. Tanaka was previously set to face the Royals during Sunday's series finale but will now receive a couple extra days off as Happ will make his Yankees debut. This will keep Tanaka in line to face Boston next weekend, though now he will likely take the mound on Sunday Night Baseball. Across 16 starts this year, he's logged a 4.09 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 92 strikeouts in 92.1 innings.
Tanaka (8-2) tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday in Tampa Bay, walking one and striking out nine. He retired the first 12 batters before C.J. Cron singled leading off the fifth. Tanaka now has a 6-0 record on the road this season. This was his sixth major-league complete game and third career shutout. His next start will come Sunday against the Royals.