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Rangers need Yu Darvish to deliver

With all the effort and money committed, Japanese star must live up to expectations

Updated: January 19, 2012, 12:45 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took nearly every minute of the 30-day negotiating window to get Yu Darvish to Texas.

Those involved in the negotiations worked day and night until Wednesday afternoon, securing a deal to bring the celebrated Japanese star to the Rangers and right into the middle of what should be a hotly contested AL West race.

It took years of scouting, a gaggle of frequent flier miles, a face-to-face meeting in Arlington between Darvish and Rangers personnel a few weeks ago, ...

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