Mariners keep Yu Darvish sleepless

July, 15, 2012
7/15/12
12:51
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SEATTLE -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was convinced before Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners that the well-rested Yu Darvish would be a new man against his surprising nemesis.

"I don't think Seattle is going to see the Darvish they saw before," Washington said. "This is a different Darvish. He's not that Darvish. That Darvish is not here anymore. He's gone."

One reporter asked Washington if that Darvish -- the evil, unable-to-throw-strikes Darvish -- had gone back to Japan.

"I don't know where he went," Washington said. "He might be in Hawaii. But he's not in Seattle, and I hope he doesn't show up."

Sorry about that, Wash. The old Darvish was back in all his devilish worst Saturday night in a 7-0 loss at Safeco Field with a first inning only a Mariners fan could love.

Darvish gave up four runs in the first, allowing one hit, two walks and a plunked a batter -- all to the first four hitters he faced. He also tossed a wild pitch that scored a run.

So much for that 13-day break making him rested and ready. Rested, maybe. Ready? Uh, no.

"I was game ready," Darvish said through his interpreter. "The rest had no effect. But early on I really struggled to throw strikes."

Read more about Darvish's outing here.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .321
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 57
RA. Beltre 56
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167