LaTroy Hawkins pitched in his 1000th career game. Gets a nice bottle of Dom for it.

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I never, ever want LaTroy Hawkins to stop pitching. In no small part because he’s one of the few guys in Major League Baseball who is older than me. But also because he’s just really great. There is literally nothing not to like about the guy. He was a failed starter who, in the 90s, you might have thought you’d never see again and then all he did was rattle off about 15 straight seasons of great relief pitching.

Are there better relievers? Of course, there always have been. But he’s always been solid, at times much better, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He just completed a season in which he posted a 3.31 ERA in 57 games (130 OPS+) and 23 saves. In Colorado of all places. That’s nice work.

His last appearance of the year was Saturday. It was his 1000th. That puts him at 16 on the all-time list for pitchers. He’s two behind Rich Gossage. He could move up to, I dunno, eighth next year if he’s healthy.

The Rockies have him a gift for his 1000th game:

Keep rolling along, LaTroy. For all of us old dudes.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.