The question was simple: Would the Yankees get the Masahiro Tanaka who was brutal for the first half of last season or the Tanaka that recovered in the second half, helping carry the team to a Wild Card berth
The answer was simple, too: Neither. At least on Friday night.
The 2017 postseason version of Tanaka showed up in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Friday night in front of 33,716.
The playoffs, though, were where Tanaka shined. In three starts, he gave up only two runs over 20 innings, nabbing two wins and a loss.
On Friday, Tanaka did it without the help of the big boppers that carried the Yankees in their season-opening win Thursday. Instead, he got assistance from the bottom half of the lineup, which could be the top half for some teams.
Didi Gregorius, hitting cleanup, ripped a triple and a double. He also walked. Billy McKinney, making his big-league debut, singled in his first at-bat.
Brandon Drury drove in two runs, including the game’s first, when he knocked in McKinney with a double. Drury also singled home a run in the fourth.
It happened last week during the owners meetings in Orlando and once again dominated the discussions at the grand opening of Entertainment District at The Star. It didn’t take long during the post-event press conference for both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones for the topic to shift to football and once it did, it started with Dez.
However, Jerry Jones said nothing has changed as they still have yet to meet about the wide receiver’s future with the Cowboys.
I’ve asked him not to come in because I want to keep the questions going, Jerry Jones quipped to reporters. That will keep us in the paper.
When asked again, Jones got serious, but didn’t change his tune from what he has said all offseason.