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 hoping to use that knowledge and build off ...