Darvish shines in his first ap­pear­ance with Rangers

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

PEO­RIA, ARIZ. | Yu Darvish struck out three in two score­less in­nings and made a run-sav­ing play in his spring train­ing de­but dur­ing the Texas Rangers’ 62 win over a split squad of San Diego Padres on Wed­nes­day.

The Rangers spent more than $107 mil­lion this win­ter to land the 6-foot-5 right-han­derr who was a dom­i­nant pitcher for seven years in Ja­pan. Darvish’s stated goal is to be­come the world’s best pitcher.

Pitch­ing ex­clu­sively out of the stretch, Darvish threw 36 pitches, 26 for strikes. He al­lowed two hits, both dou­bles.

He struck out his first bat­ter, Cameron May­bin, look­ing, and his last, John Baker, swing­ing. He also made two nice de­fen­sive plays, one of which pre­vented a run in the sec­ond in­ning. lineup Wed­nes­day against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers be­cause of stiff­ness in his back. Ramirez, 39, who signed a mi­nor league con­tract with the Ath­let­ics in late Fe­bru­ary, is hit­less in five plate ap­pear­ances and has hit only one ball out of the in­field.

ORIOLES: Bal­ti­more new­comer Wei-yin Chen had a solid de­but, pitch­ing two score­less in­nings against Min­nesota Twins. Chen, a na­tive of Tai­wan, pitched in Ja­pan the last four sea­sons. He signed a three-year, $11.3 mil­lion con­tract with the Orioles in Jan­uary.

REDS: Cincin­nati closer Ryan Mad­son, who was signed as a free agent, threw on the side Wed­nes­day. He’s been held out of games be­cause of ten­der­ness in his el­bow.

PI­RATES: Pitts­burgh sec­ond base­man Neil Walker was scratched from the lineup be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game be­cause of a sore lower back. He is ex­pected to be out two or three days.

YAN­KEES: New York closer Mar­i­ano Rivera, who has strongly hinted he will re­tire af­ter this sea­son, is to throw bat­ting prac­tice for the sec­ond time Thurs­day and likely will pitch Sun­day.

GI­ANTS: San Fran­cisco out­fielder Melky Cabr­era con­tin­ued his tor­rid hit­ting, go­ing 3-for-3 against Colorado to raise his spring av­er­age to .571 (8-for-14).

ASTROS: Hous­ton right-han­der Bud Nor­ris threw three hit­less in­nings against Philadel­phia in his first start of the spring. In his sec­ond full sea­son, Nor­ris led the Astros with 176 strike­outs in a ca­reer-high 186 in­nings.

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