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Forget cold, Cubs cooled by Masahiro Tanaka in 3-0 loss to Yankees

Forget the cold. The Chicago Cubs faced a much more difficult challenge in Masahiro Tanaka.The Cubs managed two bunt singles, one aided by replay, and struck out 10 times against the Japanese rookie in losing 3-0 to New York in the opener of a split doubleheader Monday."His split-finger is devastating, a lot of bad swings on that and not good contact either, even when guys were putting it in play," Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel (2-1) said. "Hitters will tell you how good you are, and today he was pretty good."Junior Lake bunted toward the third base side with one out in the second, and Tanaka fielded it cleanly. Initially, first base umpire Manny Gonzalez called Lake out but Cubs manager Rick Renteria requested a challenge and the call was overturned."The challenge was actually more our eyes told us he was safe. I don't know how much a challenge it was," Renteria said. "It was more a consensus of the eyes that he was safe."Chicago didn't reach base again until Anthony Rizzo pushed a bunt t...

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