The Chicago Cubs became the first team to hand Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka a loss in 43 professional starts dating back to Aug. 19, 2012 after Tuesday's 6-1 loss in Wrigley.
No this is not a joke, it was indeed the Cubs who handed Tanaka his first loss in 43 professional starts as the Yankees offense was held in check by Jason Hammel. Tanaka's final line Tuesday read: four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk with seven punch outs over six innings. Tanaka will look to start a new winning streak in his next start on Sunday on the road versus the White Sox who will be without their home run leader Jose Abreu who is currently on the disabled list.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Joakim Soria will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Soria was acquired last season by the Tigers as an insurance policy for the struggling Joe Nathan but he found himself getting injured just six games after being acquired which forced him to miss more than a month. In 13 games with the Tigers last season Soria went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA after posting a 2.70 ERA with the Rangers prior to the trade. The Tigers expect Nathan to be their closer heading into the season which will mean Soria will once again be in a set up role. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba