When Yu Darvish made his major league debut against the Seattle Mariners, he walked four over 5 2/3 innings on April 9 in Arlington. Darvish gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in the first inning.
It was a rough start for the 25-year old right-hander from Japan. He wound up striking out five and allowing eight hits while getting his first major league victory.
Darvish takes on Seattle again tonight, the first time he will face an opponent for the second time this year.
"My first time I wasn't able to display the pitches I wanted too," Darvish said through an interpreter. "But this time I will have a different approach."
Darvish's debut against Seattle was a learning experience and since then he's been a dominant force in the Rangers' rotation. He's 6-1 with 2.60 ERA overall, and since that game he hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start and posted double-digits in strikeouts twice.
Darvish said he's not making many changes, yet it's interesting to note in his first few starts he threw off-speed pitches early in the count and now he's throwing fastballs.
"It's not so much the effort level; velocity of the ball hasn't changed much," he said. "Not much difference. We'll have to see how it plays out."