Darvish debuts for Texas

March 8, 2012 12:01 am

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Yu Darvish flashed a sizable assortment of pitches, a huge smile and even some nice leather in his debut for the Texas Rangers.

What he didn't show was any nerves. "I've thrown in so many games, you know?" he said through a translator.

The 25-year-old right-hander was a dominant pitcher for seven years in Japan before the Rangers spent more than $107 million to acquire him this winter.

Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings and made a run-saving play in the Rangers' 6-2 win against a split squad of San Diego Padres.

The highly anticipated debut at Peoria Sports Complex was chronicled by more than 150 reporters, most of them from Japan.

"I was really looking forward to pitching today," Darvish said.


San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy apparently thought a rival scout was getting too much of a good look at his team. At Bochy's request, Jeff Schugel, a scout for the Los Angeles Angels, was ejected from Scottsdale Stadium. "It was 10 a.m. and I was just doing my job, watching infield practice and grading arms," Schugel said. "The next thing you know, an usher told me I couldn't be there. I thought he was joking," he said.

Around the diamonds

Jake Peavy allowed three runs and four hits in two innings in the White Sox's 10-6 loss to the Brewers. ... James Shields pitched two perfect innings as the Rays beat the Yankees, 4-0. ... Jamie Moyer pitched two scoreless innings and the Rockies tagged Tim Lincecum for five runs before the Giants rallied for an 8-6 victory. ... Miguel Cabrera led off the third inning with a mighty home run over the left-field berm in the Tigers' 5-1 win against the Braves.

First Published 2012-03-07 23:24:59

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