Masahiro Tanaka on Game 5 strategy: Goal was to ‘be aggressive’

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Masahiro Tanaka talks to Ken Rosenthal, through a translator, about his strategy in Game 5 and the experience of a playoff game at Yankee Stadium.

- Masahiro, mostly splitters in division series against the Indians. Mostly fastballs in Game 1 against the Astros. What was the plan tonight?

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- I wasn't actually limiting to any particular pitches. But all I had in mind was just go out there and be aggressive. That's it.

- Fifth inning. Strikes out Springer and Reddick. Showed a lot of emotion. A lot more emotion than usual. What was going through his mind?

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- I think it was a important turning point in the game. You had runners on base. And you obviously don't want to give up a hit. And yeah, so I'm definitely glad I was able to get out that inning that way.

- When he was in Japan growing up, dreaming of playing in the major leagues, is this the kind of night he imagined? This kind of crowd. This kind of game.

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- No, to be honest with you, I really didn't imagine anything like this while I was in Japan. But it's been great. I'm really, really happy to be able to pitch in a game like this and do what I did tonight.

- Thank you very much, Masahiro.

- Thank you.

- Congratulations. Thank you. Back to you.