ARLINGTON, Texas Now that Yu Darvish is comfortable with his surroundings, imagine what kind of year he's capable of having in his second season with the Texas Rangers.
Darvish had a strong rookie season with Texas, winning 16 games and earning the club's rookie of the year honors.
Not only did Darvish have a big season on the field, he did it while making the transition from pitching in Japan and trying to learn a new culture and set of teammates.
He's looking to build on that this season.
"Compared to last year, I feel so much more at ease," Darvish said. "After finishing my first year, getting to know the players, coaches, front office personnel and getting to know all those guys. I feel like I'm part of the team now. It's a totally different feeling."
Darvish has a better idea of what to expect this season after experiencing the longer season in the majors and pitching every fifth day. He'll go to spring training next month...