Yu Darvish admitted feeling fatigued after his latest subpar performance.
He won't be able to make the same excuse this time around.
Taking the mound for the first time in more than a week, Darvish will look to get back on track and help the Texas Rangers earn their 17th victory in the last 22 meetings with the Houston Astros when the teams open the latest rendition of the Lone Star Series on Friday night in Arlington.
Darvish (7-4, 3.72 ERA) dropped to 1-3 with a 6.53 ERA over his last four starts after giving up six runs and walking six - the second time during his rough stretch he walked that many - in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-1 loss to Oakland on June 7. He had gone 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA in his first eight outings.
The right-hander attributed his most recent poor start to possible fatigue. Darvish was accustomed to pitching on six or seven days' rest in Japan, compared to the usual five-day break in the major leagues.
Manager Ron Washington decided to push back Darvish in the rot...