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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sox to miss Texas' Darvish

By Bruce Levine



The White Sox will miss Japanese sensation Yu Darvish, who will not pitch in the first series of the season for Texas. The assumption was that Darvish would pitch in the third game which will be the first "Sunday Night Baseball" game of the season.

Alex Rios was a late scratch on Thursday with a strained Achilles' tendon that he incurred on Wednesday in a collision with teammate Brent Lillibridge. Ventura said it was a precautionary move and Rios will most likely play on Friday.

• RHP Jesse Crain pitched in Cactus League competition for the first time since March 12. Crain pitched one scoreless inning, striking out one batter. Crain was returning from a right side oblique strain. His next outing will be Saturday.