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Baseball: Tanaka improves to 9-1 as Yankees snap skid

Masahiro Tanaka improved to 9-1 in his first Major League Baseball campaign, throwing six strong innings for New York in the Yankees' 2-1 home victory over Oakland.

NEW YORK: Masahiro Tanaka improved to 9-1 in his first Major League Baseball campaign, throwing six strong innings for New York in the Yankees' 2-1 home victory over Oakland.

The Japanese right-hander surrendered only one run, a solo home run by Oakland's John Jaso in the first inning, on five hits while striking out four A's batters in the triumph.

Alfonso Soriano hit a run-scoring single in the second inning and Brett Gardner smacked a solo homer in the third to provide all the scoring Tanaka and his relief help would need as the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak.

Tanaka was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for May after going 5-1 in the month with a 1.88 earned run average in six starts. He struck out 42 batters while issuing only six walks over 43 innings.

The Yankees improved to 30-29, six games behind the pace-setting Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East division.

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