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Darvish first Rangers ace in years

His 14-strikeout performance reminds Rangers brass exactly what it paid for

Updated: May 6, 2013, 4:00 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The double fist pump accompanied by a primal scream certainly qualified as a rare emotional outburst from Yu Darvish.

Then again, so was his performance Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.

For the second time this season, Darvish struck out 14 batters to become the first pitcher in the past 13 seasons to accomplish that feat. Pedro Martinez did it three times in 2000, and Mike Mussina did it twice.

He was dominant. And mesmerizing. And, at the ...

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