Darvish leaves Rangers' 5-4 loss to Royals after 1 inning

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Rangers ace Yu Darvish left his spring training debut with tightness in his right triceps after pitching a scoreless inning in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Darvish, who ended last season on the DL with elbow inflammation, felt tightness warming up in the bullpen. He gave up a single before retiring the next three batters, then left the game...
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Rangers' Darvish leaves spring debut with triceps tightness

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Rangers ace Yu Darvish left his spring training debut with tightness in his right triceps Thursday after pitching a scoreless first inning against Kansas City. Darvish gave up a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar before retiring the next three batters he faced. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes before leaving for precautionary reasons. A Rangers spokesman...
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LEADING OFF: Lee, Darvish take the mound for spring debuts

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday: --- STARTER SPOTLIGHT Cliff Lee, who made his final start of 2014 on July 31 because of a strained left elbow, starts for Philadelphia against Houston in Kissimmee, Florida. Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, was sidelined from May 18 until July 21 because...
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Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bulls–t’ during his first English-only presser

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish for the first time Sunday held a press conference in which he answered all the questions in English. And given that his commitment to the team last season was called into question, perhaps it wasn’t surprising to hear the Japanese phenom sprinkle his comments with a minor dose of profanity....Read More The post Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bull-s–t’...
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Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Yu Darvish is working on his English, in part so he can convey his feelings as accurately as possible. He already has the curse words down. Darvish on Sunday gave his first press conference in English since joining the Rangers in 2012, and his top priority was to emphasize that he did not quit on...Read More
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Darvish sharp in Rangers intrasquad matchup

Yu Darvish looked sharp and Jorge Alfaro homered as the Rangers opened the season with an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday. Darvish struck out two of the three batters he faced in a 14-pitch first inning, getting Michael Choice and Rougned Odor on punchouts after Antoan Richardson opened the game with a grounder to second. Alfaro, who went 2 for 2, homered to left off Alec Asher in the...
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Darvish made it clear there's no quit in him in first English-only presser

Texas right-hander Yu Darvish didn't just dominate on the mound in Sunday's intrasquad game. Darvish dominated in his postgame interview, and not in Japanese either. Darvish conducted his first interview session with American beat writers in English and put to bed any notion that he quit on the Rangers last season when he went down with inflammation in his right elbow. "That's bull...
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Rangers Yu Darvish looks strong in intrasquad scrimmage

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw 14 pitches without any discomfort during a scrimmage, his most extensive work since being shut down last August with elbow inflammation. Darvish struck out two of the three batters he faced on Sunday as curious Rangers fans, a large Japanese media contingent and a college team from Japan watched the right-hander's every move...
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Three Quietly Key Players for the Texas Rangers

If the Texas Rangers are going to have a successful 2015 season, Neftali Feliz and two other quietly key members will play a huge role. (Mandatory Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) The Texas Rangers’ most notable players include Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish. If Texas has any hopes of contention, let alone playoff aspirations, these stars will have to deliver...
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Lewis starting Cactus opener for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. –€“ The Texas Rangers will use a six-man rotation early in spring with Colby Lewis getting the start in Wednesday's exhibition opener against Kansas City. Texas will use Lewis, Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo, Nick Tepesch, Ross Detwiler and Yu Darvish as its starters early. Both Lewis and Gallardo are pitching in Wednesday's game against the Royals with Lisaverto...
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Banister stresses importance of rotation setting tone

SURPRISE, Ariz. –€“ Texas manager Jeff Banister has expressed the importance of team leadership with his club since getting the job last year. Saturday morning Banister, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins sat down with the club's top four starters and let them know it starts with them on the pitching staff. "Be the leaders," Banister said. "Be the leadership...
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New Rangers manager Banister addresses team: 'Why not us?'

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout, Banister had a simple message. ''Why not us?'' Banister asked the team. The Rangers had an American League-high 95 losses last season, their most since 1985. But Banister...
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Rangers' Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

  Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. ''I was able to do some things I'd worked on in the bullpen,'' Darvish said through a translator. ''My command was very good and there was...
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Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during live batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. After two bullpen sessions already in Arizona, Darvish said his command felt good with hitters in the batter's box...
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Darvish working with all Rangers' backstops

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If we've learned one thing about Yu Darvish in his three years as pitcher for the Texas Rangers is that he grows attached to his catchers. That hasn't been the case though this spring. Darvish has thrown three times in Arizona and had three catchers work with him, with primary starter Robinson Chirinos getting the nod for Darvish's first live batting practice session...
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Elvis Andrus Serenading Yu Darvish With R. Kelly’s ‘Bump N’ Grind’

After an injured plagued 2014 season, the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse is rightfully in a joyous mood this spring training. You know, except for the fact that top prospect Jurickson Profar is out for the season … again. But that bad omen aside, it’s all good. As you can see above, starting shortstop Elvis Andrus is in the best shape of his life and is expressing that feeling to...
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Finding Stats - Some Moneyball Fantasy Options

I'm just as guilty as anyone. Draft Day has arrived, you are prepared and you feel excited about your first few picks. Then come the middle rounds and all the elite talent is gone. You're on the clock and at some point in the draft you will freeze and pick a guy based on his name. A safe well known player across the league. Use these precious picks on pitching, closers or a position...
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The Pitching Triangle the Texas Rangers Created

Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 9, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Mandatory Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images) Time after time hitting was always the dominant force in what drove the Texas Rangers. This upcoming season, the tables seemed to have turned. Texas seems to have a new weapon. 179 wins combined...
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Darvish sharp in Saturday bullpen session

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It should come as no surprise that the pitcher who drew the most attention Saturday when the Texas Rangers had their first workouts for pitchers and catchers was Yu Darvish. The right-hander, who threw in the bullpen and then did fielding drills, didn't disappoint in his first public throwing session since last August. "He almost spotted up every pitch," said new...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #53: Yu Darvish | SP | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Over the next 2-3 days we’ll be profiling players whose ranks differ from that in the Draft Guide (after that it gets back to normal). The order of this countdown was set in November, and since then we’ve adjusted our thoughts on some players after further research, causing the rankings to shuffle. ...
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Rangers Injury Update: Yu Darvish to start throwing in early December

Like many on his team, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had his 2014 season cut short due to injury. Darvish, though did manage to play most of the season before inflammation in his right elbow forced him to call it quits on August 10. Now, though, Darvish has recovered, and he will begin his offseason throwing program soon after Thanksgiving. Darvish cleared to throw http://t.co/QnL94NPflP—...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Darvish cleared for offseason throwing program

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program. Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. Texas said Darvish already is in his normal offseason training program and expects to start throwing in early...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MRI comes back clean for Rangers' Darvish

The Texas Rangers got expected but good news on right-hander Yu Darvish Tuesday as the 
MRI on his right elbow came back clean. The right-hander is now free to begin his regular offseason workouts after getting the clean bill of health from Rangers team doctor Keith Meister. One change in Darvish's offseason plans is that he'll spend the next several weeks working out in Texas...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers hire Jeff Banister as manager

The Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels made it a point to get a new manager before October was over, and the Rangers made that happen today. Jeff Banister is now the new replacement for Ron Washington as the Rangers manager. Banister has been around baseball for quite some time and is thought of highly in the baseball world. His resume includes 29 seasons within the Pittsburgh Pirates...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers to name Jeff Banister manager

The Texas Rangers have hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister to be their new manager. Sources: #Rangers to hire #Pirates’ Banister as manager. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2014 The Rangers have not made an announcement but a news conference is expected Thursday. Banister replaces Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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