Masahiro Tanaka throws 25 pitches

Updated: August 16, 2014, 7:59 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka was back on the mound for the first time in five weeks on Saturday, and even though it was only a bullpen mound, it gave the New York Yankees reason to hope that their ace could return to pitch for them before the end of this disappointing season.

Asked if he was encouraged by Tanaka's first bullpen session since going on the disabled list on July 9 with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, manager Joe Girardi said, "I am. I've been ...

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