I came here to pitch in these type of games, Tanaka said through a translator.
Bruce, a big star in the first two games, struck out all four times up while batting fourth in place of injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who sat out after leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle.
Michael Brantley filled in for Encarnacion as the designated hitter and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
Tanaka delivered under pressure in his second career playoff start. After going 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA during an inconsistent season, he was pitching on eight days’ rest but looked plenty sharp.
In order to use cap space in that scenario, New York would have to renounce both exceptions, something that’s unlikely, based on the small amount of room available. They would be better off using their exceptions to sign players this summer, instead of the approximately $3 million in cap space.
Things could open up for the Knicks in the summer of 2019.
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New York currently has $50 million in guaranteed salaries for the 2019-20 season.
If Kristaps Porzingis signs a rookie extension this summer that starts at 25 percent of the salary cap, you can add $27 million in salary to that number. Because Porzingis’ free-agent cap hold is $17.1 million, New York might be better off waiting until the summer of 2019 to offer a new contract. A rookie extension in the summer of 2018 would cost the Knicks $10 million in cap space.