Yu Strikes Out 11 As Rangers Top Rockies In Preseason

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish struck out 11 and allowed three runs in six innings in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night in his final spring start in Arizona.

Jason Giambi hit a two-run home run, his first of the spring, off Darvish in the second inning. Giambi and Todd Helton each doubled off Darvish, who will be the No. 4 starter in the Rangers rotation. He has a 3.60 ERA.

Darvish struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each three times. The right-hander allowed six hits and walked one.

The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton left the game after seven innings with a tight left groin.

The Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer left in the sixth after a Darvish pitch hit him on the right hand.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

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