By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish flashed a sizable assortment of pitches, a huge smile and even some nice leather in his debut for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
What he didn't show was any nerves.
"I've thrown in so many games, you know?" he said through a translator.
Sure has. The 25-year-old right-hander was a dominant pitcher for seven years in Japan before the Rangers spent more than 107 million to acquire him this winter.
Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings and made a run-saving play in the Rangers' 6-2 win over a split squad of San Diego Padres. The highly anticipated debut at Peoria Sports Complex was chronicled by more than 150 reporters, most of them from Japan.
"I was really looking forward to pitching today," Darvish said.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander with the shaggy, orange-tinted hair and a dark goatee whose stated goal is to become the world's best pitcher threw exclusively out of the stretch, something he had cleared ...