Dose of Darvish: Preparing for C.J. Wilson
Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels line up so Yu Darvish can face C.J. Wilson to kick off the rivalry between the two teams in 2012.
It's the 25-year-old Japanese star the Rangers invested nearly $108 million guaranteed in to be sure he would be a part of the club's rotation now and into the future. To do so, they let Wilson, an anchor in the rotation during the club's two trips to the World Series, go to their biggest division rival.
So the pitcher who replaced Wilson gets to face him Friday. That should be fun. Darvish last pitched Sunday in Cleveland and pitched well. You might glance at the four runs (three earned) in six innings and shrug your shoulders. However, he had some bad luck. He still had 11 strikeouts, but also four walks, as he wasn't quite as sharp with his command as he was against the Yankees and Blue Jays.
|Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson previews his weekend return to Arlington for a matchup with Yu Darvish. |
BTW, to clear up one question about Sunday. Manager Ron Washington said Darvish was not yelling at the plate umpire in Cleveland. He was gesturing to his catcher, something he does a lot. Washington told the umpire that to clear up any confusion.
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