Washington defends Darvish move

Updated: May 17, 2013, 8:05 PM ET
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington found himself having to defend the 130 pitches he allowed ace Yu Darvish to throw during Thursday night's victory against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.

Darvish had already thrown 104 pitches with the Rangers holding a 9-4 lead after six innings. He threw 11 more in the seventh and, with the Rangers leading 10-4, came back out for the eighth to throw 15 more.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels met with Washington ...

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