Yanks let Darvish off the ropes
April, 24, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
The Yankees had Yu Darvish in trouble in the third inning, loading the bases with none out on a single by Eric Chavez, a walk to Russell Martin and a bunt by Derek Jeter, who was trying to sacrifice but beat it out when Darvish failed to field the ball. But the 25-year-old Japanese phenom wriggled free by striking out Curtis Granderson looking at a curveball and getting Alex Rodriguez to tap into a 5-3 double play. Darvish's deep bag of pitching tricks, including a nearly 20-MPH differential between his fastball and curve, is resulting in a lot of ugly swings by the Yankees, but his early-season bugaboo -- a tendency to struggle with his control and throw too many pitches -- is biting him again. He has thrown 46 pitches through three innings.