Tanaka shines, Torres and McCutchen homer as Yanks blank M's

SEATTLE (AP) Masahiro Tanaka may be pitching himself into a start at the AL wild-card game.

The Japanese right-hander struck out 10 over eight innings, Gleyber Torres and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Friday night.

Tanaka (11-5) allowed three hits and didn't walk anyone, but he wasn't all that impressed.

''I felt like I didn't have my best stuff,'' Tanaka said through a translator. ''I didn't have good command of my slider and had to make adjustments throughout the game. But as the game went one I felt I was able to get my focus. It's just grinding it out.''

Tanaka has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Yankees manager Aaron Boone felt Tanaka's splitfinger fastball was the pitch that made him so effective Friday night.

''The splitfinger right from the get-go was a factor,'' Boone said. ''And we even saw him reach back when he needed a little extra velocity on his fastball. He was in complete command out there tonight. He was terrific.''

Boone has yet to commit to a starter for the wild-card game if New York ends up there, in part because ace Luis Severino has been off his game of late. With more results like this, Tanaka could be Boone's guy in the winner-take-all showdown.

The Yankees maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild card and stayed 8 1/2 back of AL East-leading Boston. Seattle is 6 1/2 games behind the A's for the final AL wild card.

Tanaka is 7-0 against the Mariners in his career.

''That's about as good a pitched game we've had against us in quite some time,'' said Mariners manager Scott Servais. ''He used all four quadrants of the strike zone with his fastball and he had a really good splitter going. We didn't get much to square up at all.''

Torres and McCutchen squared up two pitches against starter James Paxton (11-6). Torres hit a two run-homer in the second inning, his 23rd of the season. The home run came after Luke Voit hit a two-out single to left.

Torres, 21, is the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle to get 100 hits in a season.

''I feel really good for that,'' Torres said. ''Hitting in this game is not easy. You have to stay humble and stay focused. I'm trying not to do too much. Now I'm more relaxed at the plate.''

McCutchen added a two-run shot in the third for his first homer as a Yankee. He entered the game with one single in 16 at-bats in his first five games with the Yankees since coming over in the trade with the Giants.

''I made some mistakes there in the second and third inning and they made me pay,'' said Paxton, who pitched six innings and struck out eight. ''Other than that, I felt pretty good. I hung a curveball in the third inning and the second inning was a cutter that I just didn't get to the back foot.''

DIDI RETURNS

The Yankees activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list before the game and he entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. He grounded out to second in his only at-bat.

Gregorius bruised his left heal on Aug. 19 and missed 16 games. He is hitting .269 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RF Aaron Judge hit balls off a tee before the game, did some throwing in the outfield and fielded balls in early batting practice. Judge broke his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch on July 26.

Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said LHP Marco Gonzales will come off the 10-day DL and start Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres. Gonzales, who was placed on the DL on Aug. 27 (neck strain) threw in the bullpen Friday. Servais said the Mariners will use a six-man rotation the rest of the season. ... 1B Daniel Vogelbach (hamstring strain) was available to pinch hit Friday but still isn't ready to play in the field.

UP NEXT

RHP Lance Lynn (8-10, 5.10 ERA) will make his seventh start for the Yankees on Saturday against the Mariners. He never has faced Seattle in his career. Lynn is winless in his last three starts, going 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA. RHP Felix Hernandez (8-13, 5.55 ERA) will make his 28th start of the season Saturday. Hernandez has not won a game since June 30. He has lost four of his last five starts, allowing 19 runs in 28 2/3 innings.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (11-5)L: J. Paxton (11-6)
  • HR: NYY - A. McCutchen (16), G. Torres (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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G. Stanton DH40000032.268.341.507.849-1.5
A. Hicks CF40000012.251.370.470.840-0.5
G. Sanchez C40000020.184.280.404.684-1.0
M. Andujar 3B30000000.296.329.520.8490.0
D. Gregorius SS10000000.269.333.481.8140.0
L. Voit 1B41200020.308.372.615.9872.0
G. Torres 2B41121021.277.348.507.8556.0
A. Hechavarria SS-3B30100010.254.286.349.6350.5
B. Gardner LF21100000.238.326.373.6992.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger RF40000021.277.363.487.849-1.0
    J. Segura SS30100110.314.346.430.7751.5
    R. Cano 2B40100013.286.367.442.8090.5
    N. Cruz DH40000012.265.350.534.884-0.5
    D. Span LF30000020.275.351.445.796-1.0
    R. Healy 1B30000010.247.281.442.723-0.5
    K. Seager 3B30000010.215.265.391.656-0.5
    M. Zunino C30100010.189.246.398.6441.5
    D. Gordon CF30000011.270.291.335.626-0.5
      BATTING
      • HR - A. McCutchen (16), G. Torres (23)
      • SH - B. Gardner (4)
      • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (57), G. Torres 2 (68)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres 2 (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks 2 (2), G. Torres
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Zunino (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cano 2 (2), N. Cruz 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-5)8.030001003.611.0936.0
      D. Robertson1.00001102.800.982.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-5)8.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (L, 11-6)6.05441823.831.107.0
      R. Cook1.00000205.561.414.0
      A. Warren1.00000003.481.413.0
      C. Bradford1.01000103.261.212.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (L, 11-6)6.0
      R. Cook1.0
      A. Warren1.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 102-74, D. Robertson 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 10-4, D. Robertson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 27, D. Robertson 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-67, R. Cook 12-7, A. Warren 11-8, C. Bradford 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-7, A. Warren 1-2, C. Bradford 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, R. Cook 3, A. Warren 3, C. Bradford 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      NYY88-53
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. McCutchen RF31121100.250.355.409.7648.0
      G. Stanton DH40000032.268.341.507.849-1.5
      A. Hicks CF40000012.251.370.470.840-0.5
      G. Sanchez C40000020.184.280.404.684-1.0
      M. Andujar 3B30000000.296.329.520.8490.0
      D. Gregorius SS10000000.269.333.481.8140.0
      L. Voit 1B41200020.308.372.615.9872.0
      G. Torres 2B41121021.277.348.507.8556.0
      A. Hechavarria SS-3B30100010.254.286.349.6350.5
      B. Gardner LF21100000.238.326.373.6992.0
      Total3246421115-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Haniger RF40000021.277.363.487.849-1.0
        J. Segura SS30100110.314.346.430.7751.5
        R. Cano 2B40100013.286.367.442.8090.5
        N. Cruz DH40000012.265.350.534.884-0.5
        D. Span LF30000020.275.351.445.796-1.0
        R. Healy 1B30000010.247.281.442.723-0.5
        K. Seager 3B30000010.215.265.391.656-0.5
        M. Zunino C30100010.189.246.398.6441.5
        D. Gordon CF30000011.270.291.335.626-0.5
        Total3003001117-----
        HITTERSAB
        M. Haniger RF4
        J. Segura SS3
        R. Cano 2B4
        N. Cruz DH4
        D. Span LF3
        R. Healy 1B3
        K. Seager 3B3
        M. Zunino C3
        D. Gordon CF3
        Total30
          BATTING
          • HR - A. McCutchen (16), G. Torres (23)
          • SH - B. Gardner (4)
          • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (57), G. Torres 2 (68)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres 2 (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks 2 (2), G. Torres
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Zunino (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cano 2 (2), N. Cruz 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-5)8.030001003.611.0936.0
          D. Robertson1.00001102.800.982.5
          Total9.03001110---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-5)8.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (L, 11-6)6.05441823.831.107.0
          R. Cook1.00000205.561.414.0
          A. Warren1.00000003.481.413.0
          C. Bradford1.01000103.261.212.5
          Total9.06441112---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (L, 11-6)6.0
          R. Cook1.0
          A. Warren1.0
          C. Bradford1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 102-74, D. Robertson 18-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 10-4, D. Robertson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 27, D. Robertson 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-67, R. Cook 12-7, A. Warren 11-8, C. Bradford 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-7, A. Warren 1-2, C. Bradford 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, R. Cook 3, A. Warren 3, C. Bradford 4
          • 3RD INNING
            McCutchen homered to left center, Gardner scored40
          • 2ND INNING
            Torres homered to left center, Voit scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Adam Warren
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez lined out to left
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Voit singled to left
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • David Robertson relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
            • R. Cano: Ball, Cano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Segura out at second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cruz flied out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Warren relieved Ryan Cook
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen flied out to left
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton lined out to right
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino grounded out to second
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ryan Cook relieved James Paxton
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez fouled out to first
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Voit: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Didi Gregorius at shortstop
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zunino doubled to left
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Zunino to third
            • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria singled to left
            • B. Gardner: Gardner hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Hechavarria to second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Stanton struck out on foul tip
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • D. Span: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Healy flied out to left
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Andujar lined out to right
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Torres lined out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner singled to left
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen homered to left center, Gardner scored
            • G. Stanton: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Haniger grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Andujar grounded out to third
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Voit singled to left
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres homered to left center, Voit scored
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Ball, Span grounded out to second
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: McCutchen flied out to center
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks popped out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura lined out to left
            • R. Cano: Cano singled to left
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)