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Tanaka to don No. 19 with Yankees

NEW YORK -- Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will wear No. 19 with the Yankees this season, the club announced on Friday.

Other notable Yankees to wear that number include Aaron Boone, Al Leiter, Johnny Murphy, Fritz Peterson, Dave Righetti, Bob Turley and Robin Ventura.

Tanaka, 25, on Wednesday signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with New York. He went 24-0 and posted a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles last year, leading his club to a Japan Series title.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for

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