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Jeter backs Yankees' signing of Tanaka

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Jul 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) hits a single during the third inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Yankees captain Derek Jeter says Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka provides a huge boost to New York's rotation.


After going 24-0 in Japan's Pacific League last season, Tanaka agreed this week to a $155 million, seven-year contract with New York. Jeter says "the game is pitching"  and "from everything I've heard, he's going to be quite an addition to our team."

Tanaka was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, striking out 1,238 in 1,315 innings.

Following just the second season in 19 years that didn't include a playoff appearance, the Yankees also agreed to deals during the offseason with catcher Brian McCann ($85 million for five years) and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury ($153 million for seven) and Carlos Beltran ($45 million for three).

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