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Yu Darvish gives Rangers hope

Game 1 starter has looked more and more like an ace by just being himself

Updated: October 5, 2012, 3:36 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A day after Boston pounded Yu Darvish for 11 hits and six runs in early August, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington summoned his 26-year-old pitcher to the visiting manager's office in Fenway Park.

"So many people were talking about the negative. I wanted him to know that I saw the positives through the negatives," Washington said of the conversation. "I saw him relaxed. I saw him compete. I saw a pitcher who didn't back down when he walked a batter.

"I ...

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