Yanks let Darvish off the ropes

April, 24, 2012
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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.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146