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The Texas Rangers got Yu Darvish back last night as they took on the ailing New York Yankees. Darvish had been on the DL with a strained shoulder since the second week of July, but the Rangers never thought it was too serious. They simply wanted to be careful with their ace. In his return last night, Darvish was impressive.
The Rangers shutout the Yankees 3-0 and Darvish pitched 6 1/3 frames for two-hit ball. Darvish struck out four and allowed just four base runners in total. The win improved him to 9-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.86. Darvish is looking to do what not many Japanese pitchers with tons of hype have been able to - have success consistently.
Last year was Darvish's rookie season. He went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA. That was a solid start to his Major League career, but there was a concern that it could be his peak. Daisuke Matsuzaka never was able to replicate his impressive start to his MLB career. Many other Japanese pitchers have suffered the same fate. The Rangers hope Darvish is different.
If Darvish can stay healthy, he may be different. The rigors of Japanese baseball make those players more prone to injury. Every nick, every bump, and every trip to the DL for Darvish will be watched closely. The Rangers invested a lot of money in him, and they don't want to flame out like the Red Sox did with Matsuzaka. Fortunately, things appear to be heading the right direction for Texas and Darvish.
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