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A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out the Astros again, combining for a five-hitter in the Rangers' 4-0 win over Houston on Wednesday.
Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked Houston 7-0 behind Darvish's nearly historic gem.
Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings. The young and inexperienced Astros have struck out 43 times in their first three games.
Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman allowed one hit combined in the next 1 2-3 innings. Closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth.
Houston starter Philip Humber (0-1) yielded five hits and a run in 5 2-3 innings in his Astros debut.
Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Rangers.
Ogando returned to the rotation this season after spending last year in the bullpen, where he had a career-high 58 relief appearances.
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas Yu Darvish, who was near perfect in his last start, will make his scheduled started Sunday against Los Angeles despite a blister issue on his right ring finger.
Darvish developed the blister in the sixth inning of his start Tuesday night but carried a perfect game into the bottom of the ninth only to have Marwin Gonzalez break it up with a two-out single that went...
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish made sure the new guys in the division realized that they have a long way to go before they can really hang with the big boys by throwing a near perfect game. Tuesday night the sophomore pitching sensation dominated the Houston Astros line-up striking out 14 of the first 26 batters he faced, but with one out to go and Major League Baseball...
Texas manager Ron Washington was certainly impressed as he watched Yu Darvish flirt with perfection.
He was even more blown away when he saw a television replay of the Japanese star coming within an out of the second perfect game in Rangers history.
Washington says, ''he was nasty ... his ball was moving all over the place.''
The celebrated right-hander struck...
There's nothing more cruel than a single with two outs in the ninth amidst a perfect game. Well, clearly there are other more cruel things, but losing a perfect game that close to completion is tough. That's what happened to Yu Darvish. He had it, then he didn't. A single up the middle cost him the perfecto, but for a guy entering just his second big league season...
Think Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had the worst night after losing a perfect game in the 9th inning against the Houston Astros?
Well, Rangers pitcher Joe Ortiz might have had worst night since the world now knows that he had to wear a Minnie Mouse backpack to the game:
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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was one out away Tuesday night from throwing the second perfect game in franchise history. Darvish's dominance of the Houston Astros included a career-high 14 strikeouts.
But his 111th pitch came off Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's bat and one-hopped right back at Darvish.
The 26-year-old pitcher tried to get his glove down in time but...
Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time...
Marwin Gonzalez earned his hit to break up Yu Darvish‘s perfect game last night. Darvish left a 90 MPH four-seam fastball out over the plate, and Gonzalez hit it hard back up the middle, just under Darvish’s glove. It was a mistake pitch. It was the only one from the 26-year-old Darvish last night in Houston.
For 26 batters, Darvish carved through the Astros lineup in his best...
HOUSTON — Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down...
In his first start of the year, Texas Rangers’ Japanese starting pitcher, Yu Darvish, nearly completed a perfect game. Reminiscent of the 2001 Mike Mussina start where Carl Everett ended “The Moose’s” perfect game with two outs in the 9th, Marwin Gonzalez, the Houston Astros #9 hitter, broke it up with with two outs in the ninth. A dribbler up the middle ended the night...
Despite Yu Darvish‘s near-perfect game Tuesday night, the Rangers’ local TV ratings still could not match last year’s average. In other news, the Penguins’ winning streak attracted another record audience in Pittsburgh over the weekend, [...]
So nice to see Yu. Saludos, my Darvish. Come on, let's mingle. You know, my dear, my father used to say to me, Grey, don't be a schnook. It's not how Yu feel. It's how Yu look. And you, Darvish, you look absolutely marvishlous. Cole Hamels -- bleh. R.A. Dickey -- eh. Yu Darvish -- absolutely marvishlous! When a beautiful girl passes or when you see something...