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Tanaka underwhelms on Day 1

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07:37 AM ET 02.14 | Time to temper expectations? [After Masahiro Tanaka] threw his first bullpen session with the team Thursday, both Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Francisco Cervelli -- who caught Tanaka -- had the same reaction: "We'll see." Cervelli, hardly a lock to make the Opening Day roster, was given the task of catching the 25-pitch session and said he liked what he saw -- before adding it didn't mean much. "He only threw 25 pitches," Cervelli said. "We have to see the whole spring training." Tanaka threw fastballs and sliders, as well as the splitter that convinced Major League Baseball executives to wage an unprecedented bidding war over a 25-year-old who hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors. Asked what he thought of the splitter, Cervelli said: "It was good. Today was windy and a little chilly."

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February 14, 2014  07:53 AM ET

He is a No. 3 starter. Don't expect too much.

February 14, 2014  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He is a No. 3 starter. Don't expect too much.

that's a lot of money for a 3! LOL

February 14, 2014  08:21 AM ET

Good grief...

February 14, 2014  08:29 AM ET

That's My Boy !!!!!

February 14, 2014  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He is a No. 3 starter. Don't expect too much.

Hopefully he has a sense of humor.

February 14, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's My Boy !!!!!

Wouldn't this be your response if the word used above was 'overwhelmed'?

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February 14, 2014  08:47 AM ET

....it was a little chilly

maybe he didn't have a sweater

February 14, 2014  08:54 AM ET

Day one, and the stupid articles start already? This might be relevant towards the end of spring training but day one??? Let's get serious.

February 14, 2014  08:56 AM ET

Wondering how good his "gyroball" pitch to put "fear" in the batters minds.
Too early to say NY may have a Dice-K on their roster but I can hope.

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February 14, 2014  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Wondering how good his "gyroball" pitch to put "fear" in the batters minds.Too early to say NY may have a Dice-K on their roster but I can hope.

Does that mean NY will win a WS this year?

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February 14, 2014  09:01 AM ET
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Not the team Dice K is on,,,,,,no way no how

I blame the stadium in Queens. It's too hard to hit HR there. How else will he reach those bonuses Alderson promised???

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February 14, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Honestly. I watch one of his games the YES network had on Monday and he underwhelmed me too.

February 14, 2014  09:16 AM ET

Bust, 2.0?

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February 14, 2014  09:25 AM ET

25 pitches? Isn't this just practice? You're talking about practice? Practice? Not a game, practice?

 
February 14, 2014  09:27 AM ET

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