Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Travis Blackley doesn't have the international star power of Yu Darvish, but the international showdown Sunday night in Texas sure favored the Australian. The Oakland A's beat the Texas Rangers 3-1, and Blackley gave up one run in seven innings compared with Darvish's three runs in seven innings. What a difference in offseasons for these two. Blackley had no job until the Giants called in mid-February and offered him a minor-league contract. Darvish was one of the hottest commodities in the game, with the Rangers paying a $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters and $60 million for a six-year contract to Darvish. Blackley was designed for assignment by the Giants, signed off waivers by the A's and inserted into the rotation in late May. He's 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last four starts. "The A's stuck their neck out and give me a crack," Blackley said. "I'm just enjoying it here. It's comfortable. A lot of guys who get along very well." Perhaps Blackley's ...
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