Yu Darvish is going to the All-Star game, but he won't throw another pitch until then.
It'll be up to fellow rookie Martin Perez to help the AL West-leading Texas Rangers avoid their longest slide in more than a year as they open a three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
This contest was originally scheduled to be started by Darvish, who Thursday won the fan vote for the final spot on the AL roster for Tuesday's All-Star game in Kansas City. He became the major league-high eighth member of the Rangers (50-33) headed to the Midsummer Classic.
One day before the final vote results were announced, manager Ron Washington had already opted to give Darvish some extra rest prior to the break.
"It was just trying to maximize Yu Darvish's ability," Washington told the Rangers' official website Wednesday. "A lot of it came with the drudgery of the schedule, him not experiencing this type of grind, and we just feel like we have to do what's best for him and wha...