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Monday, March 4, 2013
Yu Darvish impressive again

By Ron Matejko

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Looking at all the zeros on the scoreboard, it wasn't obvious to the casual observer that Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish wasn't having his best game. Even his manager said he couldn't tell.

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With the exception of two walks, and a couple of hard hit outs, the right-hander appeared to have no problem during his three-inning outing. Darvish faced just one batter over the minimum, while walking two on no hits with three strikeouts. Yet, he said not all was as smooth as it appeared.

"I think the definition of a good pitcher is to get outs when you don't have your good stuff," Darvish said through his interpreter. "I did that today, so I think it was a good outing."

Darvish said something new he noticed about his game during this early part of spring training is his increased ability to get outs, even if he isn't on his 'A' game. Despite his claim of being slightly off, Darvish worked efficiently, throwing just 39 pitches.

"He had an electric fastball and a good slider today and threw a couple big breaking balls but his slider was outstanding today," said manager Ron Washington. "When you have a repertoire like he has, and with his experience as far as being a good pitcher goes, he doesn't worry about it, he just goes to something else that works."

Monday's outing during the Rangers' 5-4 win over San Diego, was Darvish's second impressive performance of the spring. In his last start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, Darvish retired all six batters he faced while striking out two. Overall, he remains unscored upon in five no-hit innings.