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Tanaka's stuff not lost in translation

New Yank's transition from Japan to MLB has been devastatingly effective so far

Updated: April 16, 2014, 9:18 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- You almost felt sorry for baffled Cubs No. 9 hitter John Baker.

Baker had just struck out swinging in his first at-bat Wednesday. So what, right? Happens all the time. But this was different, and a harbinger of things to come from the Yankee starter on the mound, Masahiro Tanaka. The Cubs catcher's facial expression suggested, "What the hell just happened?" He blinked as if he was thinking, "Where did that ball go?"

Three starts into his American major league ...

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