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Two scoreless innings on March 7 are as meaningless an indicator as baseball can offer, but know this about Yu Darvish:
He will not be another Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Darvish, the newest Japanese sensation, pitches more aggressively than Matsuzaka, displays greater athleticism, seems more comfortable with his teammates.
That isn't to guarantee that Darvish will be a bigger success with the Texas Rangers than Matsuzaka has been for the Boston Red Sox. But let's just say that the early signs are good.
The buzz after Darvish's spring debut against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday was about his expansive repertoire. Did he throw six different pitches? Seven? Four with multiple variations?
There also was talk of his competitive arrogance after Darvish, through his interpreter, was dismissive of Wil Venable's booming double off the center-field wall, citing the wind and dry air.
"I squared it up pretty good -- he was lucky it didn't go out," said Venable, w...
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Yu Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings and made a run-saving play in his spring training debut during the Texas Rangers' 6-2 win over a split squad of San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The Rangers spent more than $107 million this winter to land the 6-foot-5 right-hander with the shaggy, orange-tinted hair and a dark goatee who was a dominant pitcher for seven years...
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Yu Darvish saw his first live Major League Baseball action today. Even if the game didn’t count, the results were impressive.
In a live look-in provided by a partnership between MLB.com and NHK television, Darvish showed great velocity. His fastball hit 151 KM/H (or 94 MPH) by the in-game gun, and 95 MPH on PITCH f/x broadcast. A high fastball tied up legitimate slugger Carlos...
The question on whether Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish would be able to make the transition to the Major League game began to be answered on Wednesday when the Texas Rangers played the San Diego Padres in Cactus League action.
Darvish threw 36 pitches, 26 of them strikes and allowed only two hits (both doubles) in two scoreless innings.
Prior to the game many of his teammates kept...
Not everyone was enamored with Yu Darvish's debut on Wednesday.
Especially one of the two men to get a hit off the Japanese phenom during his first start of spring training, San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable.
During the post-game press conference, Darvish said that he thought the conditions aided the two hits that he gave up in two innings.
"With the dry air in...
PEORIA, Ariz. In what may have been the most scrutinized two innings in the history of spring training, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish made a nice first impression Wednesday. Before he took the mound, at least 150 fans gathered to watch him warm up in the bullpen.
On the other side of the diamond, Padres veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan prepared in front of at least four people. At...
25-year-old Japanese phenom Yu Darvish made his MLB (Spring Training) debut today for the Texas Rangers. The 6'5" right-hander was very impressive, tossing two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres.
Here's more on Darvish's debut, from USA Today's terrific baseball writer, Bob Nightengale:
Darvish struck out three batters in two shutout innings...
Either something was lost in the translation, or Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish already is practicing the American art of damage control.
Darvish’s agent, Don Nomura, attempted on Thursday to clarify the pitcher’s comments on a booming double by the San Diego Padres’ Wil Venable the day before.
Darvish, speaking through an interpreter after his spring debut for the Texas...
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...
San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable being the first hitter faced by $100 million Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn’t exactly the kind of confrontation you’ll be telling your grandkids about. Or even your coworkers.
But that doesn’t mean Venable and Darvish can’t turn this into the kind of feud only baseball players could get into. The headline of this ESPN article...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish made his spring training debut Wednesday for the Texas Rangers. Between 100 and 150 media members descended on Peoria, Ariz., to watch Darvish.Tsuyoshi Nishioka used to command that type of media attention. Well, maybe not reporters by the hundreds, but there was a time when Japan's media contingency focused their attention...
Day 5: 4:30 PM
Back from the fields and swollen with stories, Patricia. Thanks for the note you left. I didn’t read it until I was nearing the stadium here in Surprise. Very thoughtful of you to wish me well. Remind me to volley the kindness back to you at a time more convenient for such an act. I’m growing closer to you by the minute. My eyes might only own a few tears, saved...
It's a big day for the Padres. Everybody will most likely see at least a little playing time today, as they are playing two split squad games. Half of the team will be on the road playing the Reds, and the other half will stay home to take on the Rangers. The big news of the day in the eyes of everybody on a band wagon is that Yu Darvish is making his debut in Peoria. The nice...
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