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Yu Darvish limits Tigers to one run in third major league start

Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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After giving up a total of seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings against the Twins and Mariners in his first two major league starts, Yu Darvish had the best outing of his brief career tonight against the powerhouse Tigers. Go figure.

Darvish limited the Tigers to just one run on two hits over 6 1/3 innings as part of a 10-3 win. The only run scored on an RBI ground out by Don Kelly in the bottom of the fourth inning. His command was still a bit shaky at times, as he walked five and struck out five while throwing 70 out of 121 pitches for strikes. Still, he managed to make it through six innings for the first time.

Mike Napoli caught Darvish’s first two major league starts, but it’s worth noting that Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate tonight. Rangers manager Ron Washington wants to stay away from using one catcher in particular for Darvish’s outings, so they’ll likely continue to alternate in the future.

Darvish now owns a 3.57 ERA and 14/13 K/BB ratio over his first 17 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He’ll have another tough test next week when he faces the Yankees at home.

  1. d214tx - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Hmmm might settle in quicker than I thought. Too early to tell but either way no doubt that’s pretty impressive against the tigers.

  2. mianfr - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Yeah, an even strikeout-to-walk ratio pretty much nullifies the whole no runs thing from a long term perspective. I guess it’s still encouraging though.

    I really want to believe Darvish is different from the other smoke and mirrors pitchers Japan has brought, but it may take roughly a season to work those kinks out, which is fine.

  3. ranoversquarells - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Dice-k version 2.0 here. Nothing to get too excited about …

  4. aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Holding an out-of-control potent offense like the Tigers’ to one run is a big statement on Darvish’s part.

    He’ll be better than good once he gets his bearings in MLB.

  5. storebrandcookies - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Watched that whole game and Darvish took some major strides. Got out of some major jams and made some key pitches when needed. Only thing that concerns me is those leadoff walks he had tonight. The Tigers couldn’t cash in but the Yankees won’t be so kind next time around.

  6. mrfloydpink - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    At risk of being ungenerous, do we really have to have an update every time Yu Darvish brushes his teeth, wipes his ass, or clips a hangnail? Merciless hyping of athletes is precisely the reason I don’t frequent espn.com any more (What? Tiger Woods is losing yet another golf tournament? Thanks for the update!)

    • bravojawja - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Yeah, I’m getting tired of how HBT is constantly wasting barrels of virtual ink on posts about just one superstar or another on big-market/contending teams. Like Erick Aybar. And Dustin Moseley. And Brandon Allen.

    • mrfloydpink - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      A quick check reveals 16 Yu Darvish stories on this blog in the last 40 days, nearly one every other day. This includes an update on his first intrasquad start, stories about four spring training starts, and a story on each of the three regular season starts he has made thus far. You don’t think that it’s getting a *little* excessive?

      • pw38 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Well maybe because he’s a heralded Japanese pitcher who has a lot of pressure to perform for the two time defending AL champs? What else are they supposed to report on, the Royals sucking yet again? Yu is a big story for MLB, as he should be, so I don’t see the problem at all.

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