Masahiro Tanaka knocked out of Olympics game early against Team USA

Masahiro Tanaka knocked out of Olympics game early against Team USA

August 2, 2021

New York fans are not accustomed to rooting against Masahiro Tanaka, but they did not have to for long.

The former Yankees star was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings in the USA-Japan Olympics second round game Monday, when he allowed three runs on six hits. He left with the Americans winning by a score of 3-2.

USA scored the three runs in the fourth, which began with the 32-year-old striking out another former Yankee in Tyler Austin. But after a walk, it was yet another former Yankee (and Met) Todd Frazier who doubled in one run. Then, RBI hits from a pair of MLB prospects – Mark Kolozsvary of the Reds and Nick Allen of the A’s – forced Tanaka out of the game.

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Tanaka, who was excellent with the Yankees in a seven-year span that included two All-Star berths, was not re-signed in free agency last offseason, and returned to play professionally in Japan.

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