SURPRISE, AZ (AP) – Yu Darvish pulled a blue long-sleeved Rangers workout shirt over his head and chatted up teammate Justin Miller as nearly everybody in the clubhouse eagerly watched.
Texas’ prize offseason pickup looked plenty comfortable in his new surroundings on Day 1 for pitchers and catchers at Surprise Stadium, where dozens of Japanese reporters arrived early to record the right-hander’s every move.
Team personnel provided a detailed schedule for the star Japanese pitcher’s highly anticipated first day: from when and where he would stretch and warm up to his first fundamental drill and then his initial bullpen session.
The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers don’t envision communication problems with Darvish, and manager Ron Washington has no plans to learn Japanese because, “I don’t want to trash the language.”
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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