Not even the weather could stop Yu Darvish in his most recent trip to the mound, and it seems unlikely the light-hitting Oakland Athletics will either.
The Texas Rangers look to continue their dominance of the visiting A's by giving the ball to Darvish in the opener of this two-game set Wednesday night.
Darvish (5-1, 2.84 ERA) has won all three starts at Rangers Ballpark behind a 3.72 ERA, including Friday against Los Angeles after enduring a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay following the opening inning. The right-hander surprisingly returned to continue his outing and lasted 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and three hits with seven strikeouts in the 10-3 victory.
"Yu pitched great. I was proud of him coming back out there and sticking it out, doing what he's got to do," center fielder Josh Hamilton said. "That says to his teammates about him as a player and a competitor to go back out and do that."
Darvish is living up to the lofty expectations that followed him from Japan. He l...