Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
There have been some big changes in the Texas lineup since not winning a game last October, particularly the departure of five-time All-Star and former AL MVP Josh Hamilton, now with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.
Yu Darvish gave up homers to Joey Votto and Todd Frazier but showed no problems with a stiff neck that forced him to be scratched from his previous start, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 on Saturday.
Matt Harrison has been named opening day starter for the Rangers, and he will be followed by Yu Darvish in the rotation. The team opens in Houston on March 31.
Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled spring training start Monday night for the Texas Rangers because of stiffness in his neck.
Major League Baseball has a new rule that allows interpreters to join managers and coaches on the mound when pitchers aren’t fluent in English.
Adrian Beltre doubled in his first spring appearance, Yu Darvish pitched three more hitless innings, and the Texas Rangers rallied for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.
Yu Darvish struck out two while retiring all six White Sox batters he faced Tuesday in his first spring start before Chicago scored 11 runs over the next two innings in a 14-8 win over the Texas Rangers.
Sometimes in life rules trump desires. As in, you’d really like to talk about a certain subject but, alas, the career-threatening consequences prohibit you from uttering even one syllable.
Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar drew a leadoff walk against All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish, stole second base and scored an unearned run to start an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday.
Wednesday marks the first official workout for Rangers pitchers and catchers. Position players must report by Friday before the first full-squad workout on Saturday morning.
From the Rangers collapse to the Josh Brent intoxication manslaughter charges, 2012 was a busy sports year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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