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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- New Texas Rangers starter Neftali Feliz can't wait to get the season going.
That may have been one of the reasons Feliz showed up at the Surprise Recreation Complex just after 6:30 Wednesday morning.
Feliz, who is making the transition from closer to starter this spring, is ready to begin the process. He's already thrown four or five bullpen sessions.
"I feel fine," Feliz said. "The hardest thing is going to be the pitch count. I've got to throw more. It's just a new routine."
Feliz has already taken steps to try and get ready. Strength and conditioning coach Jose Vazquez put Feliz on a program with the main emphasis being to strengthen the lower half of his body for the added workload.
As for the pitching part, Feliz thinks he can handle that himself. The biggest key there will be to develop pitches to go along with his fastball.
"I've been working a lot more on my changeup," Feliz said. "I didn't u...
BEST OF MAXIM
SURPRISE, Ariz. Yu Darvish will throw with the other pitchers in the Texas camp Thursday as the team has its first full workout for pitchers and catchers.
All pitchers except Colby Lewis and Scott Feldman are expected to throw five minutes in the bullpen and five minutes of live batting practice Thursday. Lewis and Feldman had their bullpen sessions Wednesday to keep them on target...
Yu Darvish has arrived at the Texas Rangers' spring training complex.
Darvish got to camp in Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday, a day before the reporting date for Texas pitchers and catchers.
The AL champion Rangers committed more than $107 million to acquire Japan's top pitcher. The 25-year-old Darvish got a six-year contract guaranteeing him $56 million, and Texas had to pay...
The Texas Rangers would love to hear Yu Darvish's best go at "y'all." "Some Texas twang, any type of slang," said fellow starter Colby Lewis, who spent time pitching in Japan in the opposite division as Darvish. "He'll have fun. It's going to be good." Give him a little time, gang.
Spring Training always features high-end vehicles owned by players, coaches and front-office personnel, but Derek Holland's dune buggy stood out in the Rangers' parking lot at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish arrived at the Texas Rangers' spring training complex Tuesday and had his first bullpen session with his new team.
Yu Darvish arrived at Rangers camp on Tuesday.
Yu Darvish pulled a blue long-sleeved Rangers workout shirt over his head and chatted up teammate Justin Miller as nearly everybody in the clubhouse eagerly watched. Texas' prize offseason pickup looked plenty comfortable in his new surroundings on Day 1 for pitchers and catchers at Surprise Stadium, where dozens of Japanese reporters arrived early to record the right-hander's every move.
Yu Darvish pulled a blue long-sleeved Rangers workout shirt over his head and chatted up teammate Justin Miller as nearly everybody in the clubhouse eagerly watched.
During his 30 minute press conference, new Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish emphasized that he is serious about playing major league baseball.
It wasn't a day to burden Yu Darvish.
The right-hander spends about four hours at the Surprise complex.
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Yu Darvish stands alone with his expectations.