Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/15/13
Oakland has Yu Darvish's number and the A's also seem to be beating him at the mental part of the game. The A's nailed down a 1-0 victory over Texas on Saturday - the second time this season Oakland has topped the Rangers and their All-Star starter Darvish by that score. The A's who have won four in a row and 12 of their past 15 upped their lead in the AL West to 5 1/2 games over Texas. They're a season-high 26 games over .500 and have the third-best record in the majors at 87-61. They've also defeated Darvish four times this season and six times total in his seven career starts against them. And in the sixth inning Saturday Darvish engaged in some gamesmanship with A's MVP candidate Josh Donaldson yelling "fastball" at Donaldson before throwing him a curveball. Donaldson singled on the pitch but Darvish's actions were construed as taunting by many of the A's including Coco Crisp who let Darvish have it from the dugout until Daric Barton restrained him and carried him off the top ...
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