Yu Darvish says he felt good with start

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
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FRISCO, Texas -- Yu Darvish's final start of the exhibition season was impressive.

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The 6-foot-5 right-hander gave up two hits over four scoreless innings to earn his first win of the spring as the Rangers beat the Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders 6-1. He struck out five and walked two while throwing 32 pitches, 24 for strikes.

"Overall, I really felt good about my outing today," Darvish said through an interpreter. "Today was probably an outing where I tried to do different things."

The first inning started a little rough for Darvish because he got behind 3-0 to leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar. But after a few foul balls, Darvish got the strikeout. He next struck out Leury Garcia, and after a walk to Mike Olt, Davish retired Chris McGuiness on a flyout to left to end the inning.

"Sometimes we make it tougher by spotting them a 3-0 count, but it's a testament to your stuff, I'm never out of the at-bat," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "Guy came over here [with] a lot of hoopla and first couple of outings were rough, they were tough, man. It got better each time out. He said that's OK, that's fine, no big deal. Well, we're all expecting more, and at the end of the day, you look at him and it was no big deal."

Everyone who talks about the hyped right-hander said he's pitched enough in the spring and made the necessary adjustments to be ready for the 2012 season Monday night versus Seattle.

"Yes, I was able to accomplish everything and I feel very good about where I am right now," Darvish said.

Considering how good he's looked toward the end of spring training, the Rangers have a quality No. 4 starter who has the ability to move up the rotation.

"Outstanding, had good stuff today," manager Ron Washington said. "The two-seam [fastball] was running well. He used all his pitches, kept the ball down. He did a good job, a real good job. He did exactly what you're supposed to do when you come to spring training, and each time you take the ball get better, and he did. That's the progression for everybody in spring training."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.88 154 122
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .328
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .899
ERAY. Darvish 2.88
SOY. Darvish 154