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Tanaka blanks M’s as Yankees win 4-0

With the Yankees’ final push being viewed as an ongoing audition for a win-or-go-home start in the American League Wild Card Game, Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant effort served as a compelling argument that he could be trusted with everything on the line.

Tanaka turned in one of his best outings of the season on Friday, striking out 10 over eight innings and leading the Bombers to a 4-0 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. On a night when manager Aaron Boone said all playoff pitching would be determined over the final 22 games, Tanaka did nothing to dissuade the Yanks from handing him the ball.

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