Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/24/12
Tonight was just Yu Darvish’s second home start. His first one was a little shaky — he only went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks.  To the Mariners. This evening, against the Yankees, he left the mound in the 9th inning with a shutout on the line and the crowd on their feet, applauding. They did it last time too, but he seemed to accept it this time, since he tipped his cap. He’s learning.  And the fans are loving it. Eight and one-third innings. Seven hits. Two walks. Ten strikeouts. No runs. What’s not to love? He never seemed rattled. Even when he had runners on base.  Once, he had the bases loaded with no outs.  And somehow, he got out of that without any damage. It would have been great to see him get the complete game, but with a runner on and one out, Ron Washington decided 119 pitches was enough.  Joe Nathan threw the final pitch of the game, which resulted in two outs. The Rangers’ offense was still a little anemic.  Just two runs on five hits.  ...
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