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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx – There should be no question now about who the New York Yankees consider to be their number one starting pitcher.

Masahiro Tanaka spent another day on the mound for the Pinstripes, and collected his usual impressive results. The Japanese free agent rookie went eight innings for nine strikeouts with four scattered hits, while hurling 106 pitches to improve his record to 8-1, in a 3-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins.

“It’s probably the guys here haven’t seen me,” said Tanaka through a translator, adding that he did not yet feel like an ace pitcher.

Tanaka now has an American League leading ERA of 2.06, and has recorded at least six innings pitched, while allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his 11 starts, the longest active streak of its kind in Major League Baseball.

“Guys said the ball was just disappearing,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “His splitter is unbelievable, he’s got all the pitches.”
“And we also saw that he’s very competitive. A few times you could see him yelling at himself, he’s very competitive,” said Gardenhire.

The Twins got on the scoreboard first off an unearned run in the top of the first inning, enabled by a fielding error on Kelly Johnson that helped Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier reach first base.

Dozier made his way to second base on wild pitch by Tanaka, and eventually scored on a two-out RBI-single into right-field by Josh Willingham for a 1-0 Minnesota lead.

The early miscue would be all that the Twins would receive from Tanaka and the Yankees, as a solo-shot home run by Yankees’ second baseman Yangervis Solarte [HR #6, team-leading 26 RBIs] in the fourth inning off of Minnesota starter Kevin Correia tied the game at 1-1, with New York adding two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to complete the comeback win.

In the eighth, and with Brian Duensing in relief of Correia, it was the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury that stole the show. With a single to centerfield, Ellsbury reached first base, followed by a successful stolen base attempt at second, and a throwing error by Twins’ catcher Josmil Pinto that helped Ellsbury to safely swoop into third base.

Yankees’ catcher Brian McCann walloped a double off Duensing to bring in the winning run, as Ellsbury scored from third for a 2-1 Yankees advantage.

The score became 3-1 Yankees after a shallow, RBI-single by Johnson off Twins’ reliever Jared Burton fell into right-field, as Brian Roberts touched home plate from third base.

David Robertson collected his 12th save of the season by striking out the side in the top of ninth inning to end the game.

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