WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees opening day starter Masahiro Tanaka says his fastball speed could be down this season as he makes adjustments to the way he throws.
Speaking through a translator Saturday, two days before he'll pitch in New York's regular-season opener against Toronto, the Japanese right-hander says he'll be throwing more two-seam fastballs than four-seamers.
Says Tanaka: ''I'm trying to establish a certain pitching style for me this year, so maybe it isn't the wisest to ask for velocity from me.''
He adds that he is changing his mechanics, ''trying to relax a little bit more.''
Tanaka finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting last season, despite being hurt for much of the second half.