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Yu Darvish

  1. Way to kill the “baseball is dead” narrative: local broadcast ratings are up

    May 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    old TV

    I know this will all be ignored the next time a national game of the week gets lower ratings than a broadcast of Aaron Rodgers riding his bicycle or something, but it is probably worth noting that broadcast ratings for baseball are up this year. At least the local ones which, as I’ve argued at length…

  2. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  3. Yu Darvish lives up to the hype

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    When I saw Yu Darvish make his debut in spring training last month I watched a guy who pounded the zone and showed a good 4-5 pitches with insane movement.  In his first couple of regular season starts, however, he seemed tentative and nibbling and an altogether different guy. That changed in a major way…

  4. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  5. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  6. What is Yu Darvish throwing and how fast is he throwing it?

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yu Darvish picked up his second victory last night, holding the Tigers to one run in 6.1 innings, but it wasn’t especially pretty. He handed out five walks, needed 121 pitches to record 19 outs, and left with a pair of runners on base before the bullpen bailed him out. And overall through his first…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

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

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    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…

  9. Yu Darvish dances around trouble in second major league start

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Getty Yu Darvish

    The results were better in Yu Darvish‘s second major league start this afternoon against the Twins, but he was still pretty shaky. Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled after 102 pitches. Not too bad, right? Well, he also allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, four walks and a hit…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  11. Yu Darvish uneven in major league debut

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish AP MLB debut

    Yu Darvish‘s major league debut didn’t go exactly as planned tonight against the Mariners, but he certainly showed flashes of why the Rangers broke the bank to bring him into the fold. In what was likely a case of the nerves, Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in a 42-pitch first…

  12. Happy Darvish Day!

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty

    Yu Darvish makes his major league debut tonight. Not a bad opponent for it either: the Seattle Mariners. I have this feeling the first Darvish-Ichiro matchup is gonna get a little press in Japan. Just a hunch. Darvish was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings in spring training. He’s not…

  13. Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive. Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were…

  14. Yu Darvish scheduled to make MLB debut on April 9

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    darvish getty

    As noted by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his first MLB start on April 9 at home against the Mariners. The Rangers revealed their season-opening rotation on Thursday, pegging Colby Lewis for Opening Day (April 6) against the White Sox. He will be followed by Derek Holland and…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  16. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  17. Shoulder stiffness leads to Neftali Feliz’s early exit

    Mar 20, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz, who is making the switch from the closer’s role to the rotation this spring, came out of his start Tuesday against the Cubs after three innings due to right shoulder stiffness. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has some details: Feliz had pitched three scoreless innings on 49 pitches against the Cubs…

  18. Wild Yu Darvish gives up two runs in second start

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Making his second start of the spring, Yu Darvish walked four batters on his way to giving up two runs in three innings against the Indians on Tuesday. Darvish started the game with back-to-back walks, only to have both Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera get thrown out attempting steals of second base. A better second…

  19. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: Impressions of Yu

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking to Russ about the Yu Darvish debut. If you read my reports from the ballpark you got the general gist. But this time you get it from a parking lot in front of a ballpark while holding a mic, so there’s that.  

  21. Yu Darvish impresses in his first major league action

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Months of anticipation of Yu Darvish‘s debut led up to less than a half hour of baseball action, but it was exciting baseball action all the same. The tale of the tape: two innings, 36 pitches, 26 strikes, no runs, a couple of hits, three strikeouts, a spiffy defensive play and the beginning of what’s…

  22. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  23. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  24. Off to Spring Training

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    I’m hopping on an airplane here shortly and heading for Arizona. That’s right, kids, a week in the Valley of the Sun, taking in Cactus League action.  I assure you, though, I won’t be enjoying myself at all. It’ll be all work. Really. Truly! OK, maybe I’ll enjoy it a little. But I will be…

  25. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

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