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Yu Darvish must learn how to strike

Perhaps ailment is a factor, but Rangers pitcher is too good to mess with zone

Updated: May 27, 2012, 11:45 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was 89 degrees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 2:08 Sunday afternoon when Yu Darvish threw his first pitch.

So what?

The temperature had nothing to do with his second consecutive subpar performance. His struggles, like always, centered around his fastball command -- and, perhaps, a stiff back, a cold or a virus.

This much is certain: When Yu commands his fastball, he's virtually untouchable; when he doesn't, he's pedestrian.

It's that simple.

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