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Baseball: Tanaka picks up 12th win as Yankees beat Blue Jays

Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw six solid innings and picked up his 12th win as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0 on Friday.

Tanaka (12-5) struck out eight of the 24 batters he faced at Yankee Stadium for his third straight winning start. The 29-year-old has posted more than 12 wins in five seasons in a row since joining the Yankees in 2014.

He limited the Blue Jays to four hits and a pair of walks, and extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings. The last time he surrendered a run was on Sept. 1, when he gave up a run in the first inning in the Yankees’ win over the Detroit Tigers.

He gave up his first hit, a single to Luke Maile, with one out in the third, but he retired the next two batters comfortably to close the inning.

The Yankees lineup scored five runs in the first inning against Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada (7-12). Andrew McCutchen led off with a double and came home on Aaron Hicks’ RBI single to open the scoring.

Giancarlo Stanton scored on a grounder, while Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit drove in runs for a comfortable lead.

The Yankees added three runs on two RBI singles in the third inning, and McCutchen blasted his third home run since joining the team in a trade at the end of August. Didi Gregorius drove in his second run of the day in New York’s two-run eighth inning.

Aaron Judge was activated for the first time since placing on the disabled list on July 27 with a fractured right wrist. He played the final two innings in right field.

The Yankees hold a 1-1/2 game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card race for a place in the playoffs.

All — Kyodo News+

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