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Tanaka shuts down Mariners

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SEATTLE — There was a reason pitcher Masahiro Tanaka fascinated major-league teams all offseason. There was a reason he commanded so many suitors and, ultimately, a $155 million price tag from the Yankees, not to mention the $20 million they forked over to his Japanese team.

The Mariners and the 28,434 people in attendance at Safeco Field on Wednesday got to see that reason for themselves.

Tanaka is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year and on the short…

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