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 getting used to the L-screen the Rangers use when they throw batting practice to hitters. It's not something Darvish did in Japan but it's something the Rangers do.
He wasn't comfortable with it in his first two throwing sessions but an adjustment he made in the placement of the scree Monday made a difference. He was sharp in his 34-pitch session against five Texas minor leaguers.
"It (the ball) felt good coming out of my hand the way my body worked it was very good," said Darvish. "The first two times having that L-screen was a little uncomfortable. Today I kind of made an adjustment so the window was a ...