OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Yu Darvish is far from ready to pronounce himself All-Star worthy in his rookie season.
Ever the diplomat, the hard-throwing Japanese right-hander said that he would love to make the AL team managed by his own Texas Rangers skipper, Ron Washington, for the July 10 game in Kansas City. But he isn’t sure he has earned that distinction just yet. “That’s hard to say,” Darvish said Tuesday through interpreter Joe Furukawa. “Just looking at my numbers, it’s not a bad performance. If you take away my last outing, it’s good and bad. I can’t say right now that I should make the All-Star team.”
The 25-year-old Darvish is 7-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts and 67 1-3 innings heading into his next start, Thursday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics. But Darvish, a physical presence at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, has lost two of three and hasn’t pitched more than 6 1-3 innings during that stretch.
Darvish said that his statistics and everything else must be on par to the best pitchers in baseball to be an All-Star. “If my numbers and my approach and everything is worthy to be an All-Star, then I would be happy to,” Darvish said.
Considering the players pick five starters and two relievers, Darvish’s chances appear strong to join other likely Rangers selections such as Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. “Yeah, why not?” Washington said when asked whether Darvish had done enough to earn an All-Star nod. “He’s one of the top winners in the American League.”
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