Yu Darvish not facing the Angels

Updated: March 20, 2012, 10:14 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will not face the Los Angeles Angels this weekend.

Darvish is on a six-man rotation and will pitch five innings as planned this weekend, but he'll do it Sunday morning in Surprise Stadium against some Rangers minor leaguers in an intrasquad game.

"(The Angels) are not going to show us (anything)," Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "A lot of teams do that."

Darvish pitched four innings at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday and allowed one run on one hit with three walks and four strikeouts. He was pleased with his fastball command, despite needing 70 pitches in his four-inning stint.

The outing included retiring Ryan Braun, the NL MVP, twice. He got Braun to pop up to second baseman Ian Kinsler to end the first and hit a fly ball to left to end the third.

The Rangers do not face the Angels until May 11.

If the Rangers stay on this current rotation alignment, Darvish would pitch fourth behind Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison.

That would put him in position to face the Seattle Mariners in Arlington on Monday, April 9. But Maddux said the club hasn't decided anything yet in terms of the final alignment for the opening homestand.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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