SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Monday.
Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. He yielded RBI doubles to Jay Bruce in the fourth and Ramon Santiago in the fifth.
Profar homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the third and ranks second...
Andrew Martinez here... Drafting from the 6th spot, my plan was to get Clayton Kershaw in the first round, Giancarlo Stanton in the 2nd, Yu Darvish/Stephen Strasburg/Adam Wainwright (in that order of preference) in the 3rd, and Billy Hamilton in 4th to set a base of pitching, HRs, and SBs. That plan went to crap when Kershaw went 5th overall and Darvish/Strasburg/Wainwright were...
Yu Darvish is as dominant as they come, but his dominance is definitely in the Nolan Ryan class rather than Greg Maddux‘s. Walk rates be damned, Darvish is going to get those strikeouts!
The good thing about those Ks is that strikeouts are automatic outs and aren’t subject to the whims of the bouncing ball, meaning he can maintain ridiculously low opponents’ batting average...
Pinch hitting once again is Mike Hllywa, this time with the 2014 Texas Rangers team preview. You might recognize Mike’s name from his work at Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout, or Off Base Percentage. He’s also been a guest host on The Baseball Show Podcast. You can follow him on twitter here.
Four years ago, the Rangers lost the World Series in five games. Three years ago, they came...
There were 52 pitchers in the MLB who tallied 150+ strikeouts during the 2013 season. Yu Darvish led the way in his second Major League season with 277 punchouts. Cole Hamels, Matt Harvey and Julio Teheran got batters to swing at over 50% of their pitches! Harvey would make 12.5% of those a swing and a miss! Only Francisco Liriano and Darvish made more bats miss! table...
Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Thursday.
Darvish, who led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season, threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes. His first pitch to all eight batters faced was a strike....
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16 days ago
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Thursday.
Darvish, who led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season, threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes. His first pitch to all eight batters...
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Thursday.
Darvish, who led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season, threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes. His first pitch to all eight batters faced...
The Texas Rangers are so excited to be in Surprise, Ariz. getting ready for the 2014 MLB season that they danced along to Pharrell’s hit “Happy.” Everyone from slugger Adrian Beltre to general manager Jon Daniels danced in the video. The post Watch: Texas Rangers show off dance moves appeared first on Sports Glory.
Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Rangers.
Manager Ron Washington says he informed Darvish on Tuesday morning that the right-hander from Japan will start March 31 against Philadelphia at home.
Darvish is going into his third major league season. He started the second game last season, when he came within one out of a perfect game against Houston. He went on to...
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18 days ago
The Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington agreed Monday to a one-year contract extension through 2015. “We feel as strongly as we ever have about Wash and we expect that to continue for a long time,” Daniels said at a late-afternoon press conference Monday. “He’s a big part of who we are and what we are all about and is everything you would want in a leader.” The 61...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox fans weren’t the only ones soaking up the club’s spring training workout at JetBlue Park on Saturday.
A self-proclaimed Mini Yu Darvish showed up to Red Sox camp on Saturday wearing a full Texas Rangers uniform. The fan, who looks just like a smaller version of the Rangers’ Japanese ace, asked about Red Sox relievers Koji Uehara and Junichi...
As we've established during our initial team season previews here at The Outside Corner, a club's "four horseman" does not necessarily mean its four best players. The intention is to present the four guys who might have the greatest influence on their team's fortunes with their success or failure during a season. Players like Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo and...
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My MLB season preview:
AL CY Young- Yu Darvish
NL CY Young- Clayton Kershew
AL MVP- Miguel Cabrera
NL MVP- Paul Goldschmidt
MLB Standings Predictions
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals...
To be fair, Darvish has since said he was just joking, but still kind of the pot calling the kettle black.
Rangers Yu Darvish on Tanaka deal: I don't know too much about the new posting system but I think the Yankees gave him too much.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) February 18, 2014
Reminder: Rangers signed Darvish to a contract worth $56 million, in addition to paying his...
If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing.
The Texas Rangers ace was even in a joking mood Tuesday at spring training. Darvish wisecracked that the New York Yankees might have paid too much for fellow Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka by giving him a seven-year, $155 million contract on top of a $20 million...
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25 days ago
When it comes to Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, finding room for improvement after his 2013 season isn't an easy task.
In his second year with the Rangers, Darvish won 13 games, posted a 2.83 ERA and led the majors in strikeouts with 277. If he wasn't on the losing end of four 1-0 decisions his second-place finish in the American League Cy Young voting may have been a first...
Yu Darvish was moved to make a statement on Tuesday after a joke he cracked about Masahiro Tanaka’s contract was taken the wrong way. Darvish, who finished second in AL Cy Young voting last season, joked with the media that the Yankees paid Tanaka too much money. “Well, I don’t know much about the new […]
The huge contract the New York Yankees gave Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka didn't go unnoticed by Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Darvish, who helped set the bar with his $56-million deal before the 2012 season, was surprised by Tanaka's seven year, $155-million deal.
Tanaka may have benefited from the new posting system but the bottom-line number stood out to Darvish,...
We are big fans of Yu Darvish. Not only is it a lot of fun to watch the Ranger Ace baffle big league batsmen, but he also did this today:
Not too sure if Darvish and Tanaka had beef on the far side, but they do now.
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Yu Darvish got right down to business when the Texas Rangers' pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Sunday.
Darvish and fellow starter Matt Harrison threw back-to-back bullpen sessions. Darvish will start on opening day on March 31 against Philadelphia and Harrison started the 2013 opener for Texas.
Darvish, who led the American League with 277 strikeouts last...
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27 days ago
Texas right-hander Yu Darvish, who had lower back problems of the 2013 season, is feeling good after changing his offseason workout routine because of hip discomfort.
Darvish told members of the Japanese media that his hip discomfort came to an end in the middle of January when he was told by his trainer to quit lifting heavy weights. He's been pain-free since then. Darvish...
Offense will dominate the fantasy baseball draft day selections, but pitching still accounts for half of the stats. Here's a list of my Top 10 starting pitchers to aim for in 2014:
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
No doubt about it, this arm should be the first one drafted. If we're doing a "tier system," Clayton Kershaw is in a league of his own. Kershaw won his second...
The Texas Rangers have splashed around quite a bit of money in recent years. A couple years ago they landed Yu Darvish. They traded for Prince Fielder. They signed Shin-Soo Choo. They have made numerous moves and been in the mix for many others.
As such once associates them with the juggernauts of Major League Baseball, one of the big-spending teams that will always be a threat...
The Texas Rangers won 91 games last season and had a very respectable team ERA of 3.62. But only Yu Darvish and Derek Holland started over 30 games and pitched over 200 innings. No other pitcher on the staff logged more than 125 innings. Injuries to Matt Harrison and Tommy Hanson played a major role last season and now Holland is battling back from an off season injury. The...