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Darvish, Japan can't solve Korea

With another win over rivals, Koreans proving to be the Far East's premier team

Originally Published: March 17, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN DIEGO -- The much anticipated game between Korea and Japan was to be a showcase for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, and in a sense, it was. Scouts who pointed their speed guns at Darvish as if they were thieves in a holdup saw a vast array of pitches: a fastball that topped 95 mph, a slider that twisted like a boomerang, a cutter that moved in on lefties and a curveball that still needs some maturing.

Undoubtedly, should Darvish, 22, be posted by his Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, ...

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