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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Yu Darvish looking to build momentum

By Calvin Watkins

NEW YORK -- Quality starts have been difficult for the Rangers in what is looking like a lost season. In the first two games of this series with the Yankees, Miles Mikolas and Nick Martinez have performed well.

Before the Yankees series, Rangers starters had an 8.54 ERA in the last 17 games to push the team ERA to 5.18. A starter had gone more than six innings just once in the last 17 games.

Monday night, Mikolas went 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits for his first victory as a starter.

Martinez didn't factor into the decision Tuesday and fell 2/3 of an inning short of a true "quality start," but he shut out the Yankees out for 5 1/3 innings.

On Wednesday, Yu Darvish will look to deliver another solid effort for the Rangers.

Darvish, who made a subtle change in his delivery while warming up in the bullpen before his last start, was fantastic in his last outing Friday. He helped the Rangers snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I just have to make some adjustments in movement, in my delivery that’s all I can really say," said Darvish without getting into details about what he actually did.

The Rangers have followed Darvish's lead for most of the season. Now he will try to follow solid efforts from the last two starters as he tries to reach double-digit wins for the third straight season.

“It’s really hard to be consistent,” Darvish said. “You have to bring your body and prepare yourself. I think I was able to do that. I studied myself and studied the other guys, and it’s very important to be consistent.”