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Texas Rangers’ phenom Yu Darvish was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, and he did not waste any time before making history. In his first start of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, Darvish became the fastest pitcher ever to reach 500 strikeouts. He accomplished the feat in just 401 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers in the first inning to hit the 500 mark, beating former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood’s record by three whole innings. At the time of Myers’ strikeout, Darvish averaged a career rate of 11.20 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Darvish was scheduled to be the Rangers’ Opening Day starter until a stiff neck sent him to the DL, but his coaches are confident that he will continue to deliver strong performances this season. “He’s still strong as an ox,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said via “He’s ready to go.”Filed under: Caitlin Donohue, MLB, Texas Rangers, Top Stories

Rangers Darvish fastest to 500 strikeouts

Yu Darvish returned to the Texas Rangers starting rotation on Sunday, taking home his first win of the season and breaking a MLB record in Tampa Bay. With Darvish's second strikeout of the game on Sunday, he became the fastest pitcher in Major League history to reach 500 strikeouts as a starter. Darvish set the mark in just 401 2/3 innings, breaking the previous record held by...

Texas Rangers Pitcher Yu Darvish Sets MLB Record in First Start of the Season

Keeping pitchers healthy has been an issue for the Texas Rangers. The number of injuries they've dealt with over the last few years is crazy; almost enough to make you wonder how they've managed to be as competitive as they have been. So it came as no surprise when ace pitcher Yu Darvish had to open the season on the DL.It really shouldn't come as much of a surprise...

Yu Darvish not worried before debut

Yu Darvish said he has no concerns with his neck entering Sunday's start against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Texas Rangers' right-hander spoke with the media following a light throwing session prior to Friday's contest at Tropicana Field, and said his strength and power "felt really well." Darvish had been slotted to be the team's Opening Day starter, but...

Yu Darvish to debut today at Tropicana Field

Yu Darvish will make his first start of the 2014 season when he pitches for the Texas Rangers against the Tampa Bay Rays today at Tropicana Field. He will be opposed by Rays’ right-hander Alex Cobb. Yu Darvish hasn’t pitched since March 16, and started the season on the disabled list with stiffness in his neck. He started a throwing program on Saturday in Arlington and threw...

Yu Darvish dominant as Texas Rangers beat Tampa Bay 3-0

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish didn’t flirt with a perfect game in his first start of the 2014 season, but he sure looked pretty perfect. After spending most of the first week on the DL due to a spring training stiff neck, Darvish shut out Tampa Bay for seven innings in a 3-0 Rangers win. Darvish left the game after seven innings, but was beneficiary of Elvis Andrus’...

Rangers activate Yu Darvish from DL, will start against Rays

The Texas Rangers activated pitcher Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The right hander will start Sunday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. Darvish missed his first start of the season due to neck discomfort but he should be all systems go in this one. Entering his third season, Darvish said he had no worries leading up to his first start of the season. ...

Yu Darvish comes off DL, becomes fastest to 500 K in MLB history

A stiff neck sent Rangers ace Yu Darvish to the DL to start the season, but he was activated on Sunday and is making his first start of the year this afternoon. In the very first inning, he made some history by striking out reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers: As that moment, Darvish career strikeout rate was 11.20 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. A handful of relievers...

Despite Rays' loss, Alex Cobb returns to form with sparkling show in duel with Yu Darvish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All afternoon, Alex Cobb had sick stuff. He never lost control. There he was, tearing through the Texas Rangers lineup, trying to keep in stride with right-hander Yu Darvish, trying to maintain his level one inning after the next, like this was the final stretch of a Triple Crown race between two thoroughbreds in their prime. He pitched with purpose. Goodness...

Rangers activate Darvish from DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Texas Rangers have activated Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Double-A Frisco.

Darvish returns as Rangers beat Rays 3-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yu Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday

Rangers activate Darvish from DL for Sunday start vs Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers have activated Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Double-A Frisco.

Rays rack up 8 eight hits but fall to Yu Darvish, Rangers

The Tampa Bay Rays managed seven hits off Yu Darvish in his season debut but failed to put anyone across the plate as they dropped their final game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Rankings – Period 2

Period one of the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season left many teams decimated with injuries such as Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw. But there were some great surprises too. Josh Hamilton, Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo and Casey McGehee all carried their fantasy owners for at least a day. While some players went up, others started their decline in FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports Baseball Positional...
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