ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he was surprised when coach Aaron Boone reported that he would replace the Toronto Blue Jays, started by pitcher Marcus Stroman, in the All-Star List of the American League will. 19659002] "It was similar to how everyone else, including you, responded: quite surprised," Tanaka told reporters on Sunday.
For much of the season, Tanaka struggled to find a match with his bread-and-butter bad luck: his splinter. These issues, in part, led to his allowing 16 home runs – nine fewer than the 25 he had last season – and causing him to give up most hits in a single season of his career.
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"I was just surprised because I never thought I would be selected," Tanaka said. "If you look at your stats and things like that and I've already made plans for the All-Star break, I was surprised."
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Stroman, the only all-star of the Blue Jays
This is Tanaka's second all-star game selection, but will be the first time he appears in the Midsummer Classic. Tanaka was selected for the 201
"This time I can go there and attend the celebration," Tanaka said through an interpreter before the Yankees Rays game on Saturday at Tropicana Field. "Overall, I am very happy about it."
Tanaka – who has not made a decision in the extra-innings Yankees on Friday, triumphs over the Rays and who has so far admitted three or fewer hits in three starts year – goes by with a 5-5 record and an ERA of 3.86 in this year's All-Star break.
Before his elbow injury in mid-July this year, Tanaka went into the All-Star break 2014 and 2.51 ERA with a 12-4 record.
"It is always good to know that one of your colleagues, who played such a large role in this position in the first half, represents us and the American League in the All-Star game," Boone said with reference the first place of his team in the AL-East.
Tanaka joins the infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres, catcher Gary Sanchez and closer Aroldis Chapman in Cleveland. Fellow Yankees, who starts pitcher CC Sabathia, was not selected for the game, but the commissioner's office invited him and his family to attend the celebration as the former Draft Pick of the Indians this season is his 19-year-old Career ended.