GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish had no problems with his neck while pitching five innings, an encouraging sign for the Texas Rangers.
Darvish gave up homers to Joey Votto and Todd Frazier but allowed only one other hit during a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The right-hander had to be scratched from his scheduled start last Monday because of a stiff neck.
"Overall, I feel good," he said through a translator. "I could have pitched a little bit more."
Darvish struck out five and walked one. Votto's homer came on a breaking pitch and provided more evidence that his surgically repaired left knee is back to full strength. He didn't hit a homer after June 24 last year -- surgery for torn cartilage forced him to miss 48 games and robbed him of his power the rest of the season.
Votto has three homers this spring.
"I threw him a slow curve," Darvish said. "It was good hitting."
Darvish was surprised that Frazier's fly ball made it into the stands, assuming it woul...