Found February 29, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Mike NapoliYu Darvish
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
Catcher Mike Napoli counted seven. That is how many different pitches Yu Darvish threw during his third live batting practice session on Wednesday.

Darvish getting comfortable with his routine

SURPRISE, Ariz. Texas right-hander Yu Darvish is starting to find his footing with the Rangers. The 60-million man spent Monday bobbing his head to reggae music in the clubhouse, speaking in Spanish with teammate Elvis Andrus and having his best throwing session yet. He even joked with the media that he was throwing at 120 percent in practice. Maybe the key to all of that was...

Darvish to make spring debut against Padres

SURPRISE, Ariz. The Texas Rangers announced Monday that right-hander Yu Darvish would make his Cactus League debut March 7 in Peoria against San Diego. Darvish is scheduled to pitch two innings against the Padres. The game, which was originally not on the broadcast schedule in Texas, will now be available online on a webcast. The game will also be carried live in Japan on NHK...

Darvish to make March 7 Cactus start

Yu Darvish, who has led the Japanese League in strikeouts and ETA the past two years, will make his first spring training start for the Texas Rangers on March 7. The team announced the decision Monday. Darvish will face the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. Darvish threw 34 pitches to two minor leaguers in batting practice Monday, his third session off the mound. The 25-year-old...

Rangers P Darvish shows off 7-pitch repertoire

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish showed off his full repertoire Wednesday in his third live batting practice of spring training. The Japanese sensation threw seven different pitchers during Wednesday's outing, according to Rangers catcher Mike Napoli. Along with a fastball, curveball and slider, Darvish unveiled his slider, changeup, split-fingered fastball and cut fastball...

Rangers' Darvish uses all seven pitches in session

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw 35 pitches to two minor leaguers in a 10-minute session. Catcher Mike Napoli said Wednesday Darvish used his entire seven-pitch repertoire in facing Joey Butler and Chris McGuinnes. Darvish, who had an ERA of less than two the past five seasons while pitching in Japan, throws a two-seam fastball, a four-seam fastball, a split-finger fastball...

Napoli expects to test free agency

Mike Napoli was one of Texas' best players last season, but will they retain him after the season? Maybe not.

Rangers' Darvish to make Cactus debut March 7

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yu Darvish faced two Texas Rangers minor leaguers in a spring training practice session Monday. On March 7, he will face big league hitters from another team for the first time. The Rangers said Darvish will start against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. He likely ...

Rangers' Darvish to make Cactus League start

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish, who has led the Japanese League in strikeouts and ERA the past two years, will make his first spring training start for the Texas Rangers on March 7.

Yu Darvish throws seven different pitches, apparently isn't impressed

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Rangers set rotation; Darvish to start March 7

Yu Darvish is slated to make his Cactus League debut on March 7 against the Padres, as manager Ron Washington announced his plans for the first week of spring games.

Highlights of Rangers promo schedule

When individual game tickets for the upcoming Texas Rangers season go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m., you can expect some games to be more popular than others given the promotional schedule. Among the highlights are a Ron Washington bobblehead Aug. 25 and a Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey July 1. Yu Darvish also gets promo treatment June 30 with a t-shirt giveaway. The Rangers also have giveaways...

What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been: The 2011-12 MLB Off-Season Part 1

Each off-season seems to have something happen that we’ve never seen before, but this off-season has been different. We’ve seen sluggers change teams, prospect for prospect deals, suspensions over turned, and much more. I’ll be looking at the 10 craziest stories that fueled baseball this week. First up, Albert Pujols and Yu Darvish. Letting the Greatest Hitter Walk Every hot...

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli focuses on season, not free agency

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Napoli saw the St. Louis Cardinals sign catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year deal worth a reported $75 million, but Napoli didn't read too much into the numbers. He doesn't know what his value will be when he becomes a free agent after this season.

Beware Yoenis Cespedes

In an offseason market which featured an all-time great (Albert Pujols) and another over-hyped Japanese posting process (Yu Darvish), perhaps the most intriguing and mysterious character was Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. After making a name for himself at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he mostly disappeared for a couple of years before landing where everyone goes to get famous...

Mike Napoli intends to catch intrasquad game; Elvis Andrus may play

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