On any other night, the performance turned in by Yu Darvish as he returned from the disabled list would rate as the biggest development for the Texas Rangers.
Instead, Matt Garza was casting a shadow over the pitching mound at Rangers Ballpark on Monday, and he was 900 miles away in Phoenix getting ready to hop a plane to join his new team.
But a healthy, effective Darvish is just as big of a piece to the Rangers’ pitching puzzle for the stretch run, and he looked the part over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over New York.
With Alexi Ogando slated to return Tuesday, the Rangers’ rotation on paper will look as good as it has all season. With Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis also on the mend, things are looking up on the mound.
“If we get all our guys healthy, which we’re starting to, that’s five pretty good starters,” left fielder David Murphy said. “If we can get our offense in gear, I really like our odds.”
Darvish (9-4) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning as the Ran...