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NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka has been every bit the ace the New York Yankees went shopping for last winter. Nolan Ryan Jersey . Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets. "Overall, I think that today was my best day," Tanaka said through a translator. Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight meetings. The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again. "You asked me about the home run barrage? We hit three of them tonight. They were just in the wrong park," manager Terry Collins said about spacious Citi Field. Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Monteros big league debut. Montero, the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan. "In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guys never lost and the other guys never pitched," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. "So, its interesting. Well see how many rocks Rafaels got." Not enough. Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year -- before earning a save in Game 7. "I just go up there and basically try to win every single game," Tanaka said. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors. He lowered his ERA to 2.17 and gave the Yankees taxed bullpen a much-needed break. "I knew what was coming, but I couldnt hit it," Daniel Murphy said. "Hes commanding all his pitches to all zones. The splitter is the equalizer. You dont see it that much, someone using it in any count like that." Tanaka became the first Yankees rookie to begin his career 6-0 as a starter since Hall of Famer Whitey Ford went 9-0 in 1950. That sort of dependability has been sorely needed, with the Yankees already missing CC Sabathia and two other injured starters. "Hes been special," manager Joe Girardi said. Tanaka even singled in the ninth inning for his first major league hit -- giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season. Asked what the highlight of the night was for him, Tanaka smiled. "The first hit," he said, kidding. Girardi said Tanakas teammates "loved it" and gave the pitcher some good-natured ribbing. "When you look at it, hes not that far removed from hitting," Girardi said. "Hes got an idea. He wears a shin guard." Montero (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two after getting called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to step into the rotation slot previously held by Jenrry Mejia, who was moved to the bullpen. The slim right-hander fanned Derek Jeter in the third for his first strikeout, but was hurt by his defence an inning earlier. With a runner on first and Tanaka on deck, left fielder Eric Young Jr. made an ill-advised dive in trying to catch Roberts sinking liner with two outs. The ball got past Young and to the wall, allowing Solarte to score as Roberts cruised into third with his first triple. Solarte, the ALs leading hitter, sent a solo homer to right in the fourth. He has 23 RBIs in his rookie season, tops on the team. "He just keeps thrilling us all, in a sense," Girardi said. Teixeira lifted Monteros second pitch of the sixth to right-centre for his eighth home run and seventh in his last 15 games. Jeters infield single, a dribbler that barely travelled 20 feet out in front of home plate, scored Brett Gardner in the seventh. "I knew that we were in a little funk, losing four in a row, and I also knew that we hadnt won a Subway Series in a while. So yes, I did want to go out there and try to get a win for us," Tanaka said. NOTES: Yankees RF Carlos Beltran (right elbow) was still unavailable but reserve outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (back) was feeling better, Girardi said. ... Sabathia had his sore right knee drained and the Yankees hope he can return as soon as his 15-day stint on the disabled list is up, Girardi said. Sabathia was examined by Dr. James Andrews and is receiving treatment. ... The Mets plan to commemorate Jeters final regular-season Subway Series game Thursday. Jeff Bagwell Jersey . -- Isaiah Pead took a stutter step forward, then raced to the left sideline and travelled 60 yards up the field before finally getting tripped up by a leg tackle. Joe Biagini Jersey . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. http://www.customastrosjersey.com/ . Patton told The Baltimore Sun that he took an Adderall pill four days before the season finished, trying to improve his short-term focus. "I took one because I was stupid," Patton told The Sun.TORONTO - Figure skater Elizabeth Manley didnt feel any pressure before competing at the 1988 Winter Games in her home country.She was just happy that a case of pneumonia didnt derail her Olympic dream.Manley, who was inducted into Canadas Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, battled a high fever ahead of her memorable performance at the Olympic Saddledome. She fought through the illness and wowed an adoring crowd by winning a silver medal in one of the standout moments of the Games.Manleys stunned smile at the finish provided a lasting image of the Calgary experience. But it was a struggle to get to that point.On the off-day between the short and long program, Manley was running a temperature of 105 degrees.Honestly the best thing that ever happened to me was that I was that sick, she said. I was too sick to get nervous, too sick to get caught up and be obsessed with, Oh my God, Im (competing) in my home country. I literally just became robotic because of my illness.I just had to go from A to B and then just take each step at a time.Manley and her coaches werent sure whether she could physically get through her free program. But she was in excellent condition and had actually trained on how to compete when fighting an illness.A conversation with Canadian hockey coach Dave King also helped motivate her. He told her how much she had inspired his players with her effort.It turned things around for me in a matter of hours, Manley said. It just made me realize that Im here, I want to do this, why would I give it up at this point. And I proceeded through to the free program and thank goodness I did.Manley, who was not expected to be a podium contender, finished just behind East German favourite Katarina Witt. American Debi Thomas was third.Manley also took silver at the 1988 world championship and was the first female skater in Canada to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition.The Halls Class of 2014 also included freestyle skier Sarah Burke, ski jumper Horst Bulau, skier/cyclist Pierre Harvey, hockey player Geraldine Heaney, rugby player Gareth Rees, wheelchair basketball coach Tim Frick and basketball coach Kathy Shields. Josh Reddick Jersey. Burke was a freestyle pioneer and driving force behind the inclusion of the womens halfpipe and slopestyle events at the Sochi Olympics. She died at age 29 after a training accident in Utah in 2012. A number of Burkes family members were on hand for the induction at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.It really comes down to honouring such an incredibly kind human being that played the sport, said her father, Gordon Burke. She worked hard, she played hard and she loved what she did — every minute of the day.Shed be pretty blown away I think that this was happening to her.Bulau, who won 13 World Cup titles over his career, represented Canada at four straight Olympic Games from 1980 to 1992. The 1979 world junior champion is considered Canadas greatest ski jumper of all-time.Harvey, a multi-sport star, competed for Canada at two different Olympics in 1984. He raced in cross-country skiing at the Winter Games in Sarajevo and competed in cycling at the Summer Games in Los Angeles.In 1987, he won a World Cup race in Sweden to become the first Canadian to win an international cross-country event.Heaney is still the highest-scoring defender in the history of the national womens hockey team program. The seven-time world champion won Olympic gold at the 2002 Salt Lake Games and silver at the 1998 Nagano Games.Rees played in four straight Rugby World Cups from 1987 to 1999 and served as captain on 25 occasions over his 14 years with the team. He also won scoring titles in France, Wales and England over his pro career.Frick and Shields entered in the builders category.Frick served as head coach of the Canadian womens wheelchair basketball team for almost two decades. He led the squad to three straight Paralympic gold medals from 1992 to 2000.Shields guided the University of Victoria womens basketball team to eight national titles and had a career coaching record of 320-50 at the school. The former senior womens national team coach was also named Canada West coach of the year on nine occasions.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. ' ' '

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