Yu Darvish survives shaky start

April, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers spent $112 million and waited 82 days for Yu Darvish to make his major league debut.

What a letdown -- at least for an inning. Maybe two.

So much hype. So much anticipation. So little control.

For a while, it seemed as though Yu was going to have one of the most forgettable debuts in Dallas-Fort Worth history after an awful first inning.

He can thank the Rangers' booming bats for taking him off the hook -- Nelson Cruz, Mitch Moreland, Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler each homered -- and providing him an opportunity to find a rhythm and pick up his first big league win.

Once he did, Yu resembled the guy we saw the past couple of weeks in spring training -- not the nervous, hyperactive dude we saw pitch the first inning. That guy couldn't have thrown a pitch over the plate if the strike zone had been from eyeball to ankle.

But he survived, and that's what's most important for the Rangers.

You can read the rest of the story here.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 73
OPSA. Beltre .873
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182