Tanaka’s 15-K gem keeps Yankees in East race

Expertly commanding a lethal splitter that vanished from the strike zone all afternoon, Masahiro Tanaka recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts in a brilliant seven-inning performance that led the Yankees to their 90th win of the season, a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

With the victory, the Yankees maintained some hope of overtaking the Red Sox in the American League East race, moving to within 2 games of first place. The Yankees need to win their final two games while the Red Sox lose their final two games to force a tiebreaker game Monday in New York.

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