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Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
Moore had exactly one start last season, but in that one start he showed the look of the next great southpaw.
Matt Moore is a good choice for a starting pitcher. (Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)
In his September call-up, the rookie posted 15 Ks in contrast to just three walks. Then, in the playoffs, Moore shut down the Rangers’ juggernaut of an offense over 10 innings, giving up just one run and striking out eight. In the minors, last season, Moore struck out over 13.5 men per nine innings. As he rose through the minors, Moore’s strikeout numbers increased and his walks decreased, which are encouraging signs for a 22-year-old.
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers
Fister was thrown into the middle of a pennant race last year when he was traded from the struggl...
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The 2K Sports marketers have proven their genius once again. Video games, baseball stars, Kate Upton...game over. In this commercial, Justin Verlander is trying to sneak into the "Perfect Club" who was reserved for pitchers who have thrown a perfect game and dressed Kate Upton's absolute perfectness. JV's Randy Johnson get-up wasn't enough to fool Miss Upton...
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...
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has reached a multi-year deal with Topps that grants the company exclusive rights for autographed trading and game-used memorabilia cards.
The deal announced Monday is the first in the United States for Darvish, Japan's top pitcher before he got a six-year contract from the two-time defending American League champions.
Topps vice president of marketing...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
By STEVE KORNACKISpecial to FOXSportsDetroit.com
LAKELAND , Fla. -- The first thing that strikes you upon walking into the Detroit Tigers' clubhouse is that they no longer revolve around Miguel Cabrera. He has been the undisputed main man, the face of the franchise, since arriving from the Florida Marlins in 2008.
But now Prince Fielder is there to share center stage. And,...
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...