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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 Arizona and the wind blowing out, it carried the ball," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It didn't seem like a ball that was hit that squarely."
Venable was a guest on "The Darren Smith Show" on XX 1090 in San Diego on Thursday and was told about the quote.
Venable had his own thoughts on what happened.
"I think the wind saved it from being a home run," Venable said. "I also heard that he didn't think I hit it squarely. If that's the case, I don't think anyone has squared off a ball off of him. That's as well as I could hit a ball, to be honest. I don't know if something was lost in translation there.
"I would have liked to hear a little more humility from the guy. To each his own. He's a confident guy. Of course I didn't square up a ball because he's Yu Darvish."
Venable smashed a double off of the center field wall in the second inning, the second double given up by Darvish on the day.
Darvish finished the game with out giving up a run in his two innings and striking out three.
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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...
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...
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...
Right-hander Yu Darvish appeared in his first official spring training game this week, tossing two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres. TheSportsXChange has details of the outing along with news and notes from Texas Rangers' camp.
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...
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...
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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...
Dustin Moseley worked three scoreless innings and Will Venable had three hits to help the San Diego Padres beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday.
Shin-Soo Choo hit his second home run and doubled for Cleveland. Russ Canzler added an RBI double in the seventh off new Padres closer Huston Street.
Moseley, coming back from shoulder surgery on Aug. 3, gave up one hit and struck out...