UPDATE1: Baseball: Yanks’ Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma to earn 11th win


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13:13 25 August 2016

SEATTLE, Aug. 25, Kyodo

Masahiro Tanaka worked seven scoreless innings to outduel former teammate Hisashi Iwakuma and earn the win as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Wednesday.

Tanaka (11-4), who succeeded Iwakuma as the ace of the Rakuten Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League, turned in a vintage performance, consistently getting ahead of hitters and becoming a bulldog with runners in scoring position.

“The best thing about today’s game was that even when runners were on I didn’t give in and kept them from scoring,” said Tanaka, who pitched with Iwakuma for the first five years of his pro career.

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