Right-hander Yu Darvish will start the Texas Rangers' first playoff game, whether that's a one-game playoff or the first of a five-game series. Manager Ron Washington made the announcement before Wednesday's game at the Oakland Athletics. "When we play again, he'll be our pitcher," Washington said. Darvish, who signed a six-year, $56 million contract over the offseason, finished the regular season with a 16-9 record and 3.90 ERA in 29 starts. The 26-year-old won his final four decisions and hasn't lost in his past six outings. He last pitched on Sunday, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Angels. ''He was searching to find what he was capable of doing over here," Washington said of Darvish's first season since leaving Japan. "And I think he realizes now that competing in a relaxed, trusting and believing, that there was something he was searching for all year and he finally found it."