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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Mariners keep Yu Darvish sleepless

By Terry Blount

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.