(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Yu Darvish came to America this year with an array of different pitches.
The Japanese ace has already won 10 games for the Texas Rangers with his repertoire of fastballs and breaking pitches.
R.A. Dickey mastered the knuckleball and this season became an All-Star for the first time at age 37.
These days, there are fastballs, sliders, curves, slurves, cutters and any number of other pitches.
But are there really that many more pitches than the past?
Arizona manager Bob Melvin, a former big-league catcher, says two-seamers, four-seamers and cutters were just considered fastballs in the past. But with modern technology and advanced scouting, he says things are a ''little more complex'' and each pitch now gets a specific designation.