|Jan. 25 12:46 PM PT1:46 PM MT2:46 PM CT3:46 PM ET15:46 ET20:46 GMT4:46 CST1:46 PM MST3:46 PM EST4:16 PM VEN0:46 UAE (+1)2:46 PM CT-Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers. When asked by a fan Saturday at the team's Fan Fest who would start the March 31 opener against Philadelphia, manager Ron Washington said he thinks "it's obvious. It's Darvish."
Analysis: Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts last season. He led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
|Nov. 21 5:45 PM PT6:45 PM MT7:45 PM CT8:45 PM ET20:45 ET1:45 GMT9:45 CST6:45 PM MST8:45 PM EST9:15 PM VEN5:45 UAE (+1)7:45 PM CT-Darvish is expected to work out in Texas for a few more days before returning to Japan after an MRI indicated inflammation from nerve irritation in the pitcher's lower back has subsided.
Analysis: Darvish pitched through the problem the final six weeks of the season. He had an injection two days after the season ended before going home.
|Oct. 16 3:43 PM PT4:43 PM MT5:43 PM CT6:43 PM ET18:43 ET22:43 GMT6:43 CST3:43 PM MST5:43 PM EST6:13 PM VEN2:43 UAE (+1)5:43 PM CT-Darvish has made a $42,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help fund college scholarships. The Texas pitcher presented the check Wednesday to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson and founder of the foundation, during her visit to Tokyo. Jackie Robinson wore No. 42, which has been retired by Major league Baseball and won't be worn by anyone else following Mariano Rivera's retirement after this season.
Analysis: Darvish has been home in Japan since the Rangers season ended with a loss to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game. Over 1,400 students have benefited from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which was founded in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Fame second baseman who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947.
|Sep. 20 11:01 AM PT12:01 PM MT1:01 PM CT2:01 PM ET14:01 ET18:01 GMT2:01 CST11:01 AM MST1:01 PM EST1:31 PM VEN22:01 UAE1:01 PM CT-On Thursday, Darvish won for the first time in seven starts since Aug. 12, surviving a 40-pitch first inning in which he hit a batter and walked three, falling behind 2-0.
Analysis: Darvish (13-9) made it through five innings despite walking six, throwing 109 pitches.
|Sep. 9 7:54 PM PT8:54 PM MT9:54 PM CT10:54 PM ET22:54 ET2:54 GMT10:54 CST7:54 PM MST9:54 PM EST10:24 PM VEN6:54 UAE (+1)9:54 PM CT-Darvish (12-9) struck out 10 over seven innings in his fourth 1-0 loss of the season Saturday for Texas.
Analysis: Darvish threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Bucs.
|Sep. 9 7:54 PM PT8:54 PM MT9:54 PM CT10:54 PM ET22:54 ET2:54 GMT10:54 CST7:54 PM MST9:54 PM EST10:24 PM VEN6:54 UAE (+1)9:54 PM CT-Darvish threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Bucs.
Analysis: Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings.
|Sep. 5 11:53 AM PT12:53 PM MT1:53 PM CT2:53 PM ET14:53 ET18:53 GMT2:53 CST11:53 AM MST1:53 PM EST2:23 PM VEN22:53 UAE1:53 PM CT-Darvish gave up five runs - matching a season-high - and walked six - tying a career-high - in five-plus innings in a loss to Oakland on Wednesday.
Analysis: He is 1-5 with 4.82 ERA against Oakland.
|Aug. 19 2:42 PM PT3:42 PM MT4:42 PM CT5:42 PM ET17:42 ET21:42 GMT5:42 CST2:42 PM MST4:42 PM EST5:12 PM VEN1:42 UAE (+1)4:42 PM CT-Darvish allowed three runs and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday, not recording a decision.
Analysis: Sunday marked the first time in three home starts Darvish gave up at least one run.
|Aug. 13 8:02 AM PT9:02 AM MT10:02 AM CT11:02 AM ET11:02 ET15:02 GMT23:02 CST8:02 AM MST10:02 AM EST10:32 AM VEN19:02 UAE10:02 AM CT-Darvish once again neared perfection versus Houston, striking out a career-high 15 and permitting only one hit in eight innings as the Texas Rangers won 2-1 Monday for their season-high eighth straight victory.
Analysis: In early April, Darvish was one out away from a perfect game at Minute Maid Park before Marwin Gonzalez singled between his legs. Darvish became the first pitcher to have two no-hitters broken up in the eighth inning or later since it happened to Justin Verlander in 2011. It was a virtuoso performance.
|Aug. 2 1:31 PM PT2:31 PM MT3:31 PM CT4:31 PM ET16:31 ET20:31 GMT4:31 CST1:31 PM MST3:31 PM EST4:01 PM VEN0:31 UAE (+1)3:31 PM CT-Darvish struck out 14, matching the most in his 50 major league starts, and the Texas Rangers hit three solo homers and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 in a makeup game on Thursday night.
Analysis: Darvish (10-5) had no walks and scattered five hits while throwing 78 strikes in 111 pitches over seven scoreless innings. It was his major league-leading eighth game this season with at least 10 strikeouts. Darvish is 2-1 with a 0.47 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his last three games.
|July 28 11:43 AM PT12:43 PM MT1:43 PM CT2:43 PM ET14:43 ET18:43 GMT2:43 CST11:43 AM MST1:43 PM EST2:13 PM VEN22:43 UAE1:43 PM CT-Darvish had a tough-luck defeat in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Tribe.
Analysis: Darvish's only mistake came on his second pitch when Michael Bourn hit a line drive that barely cleared the wall in right field. He allowed one run and three hits over six innings with 11 strikeouts. "Yu was outstanding," manager Ron Washington said. "After that second pitch to Bourn, they couldn't hit him."
|July 10 4:35 PM PT5:35 PM MT6:35 PM CT7:35 PM ET19:35 ET23:35 GMT7:35 CST4:35 PM MST6:35 PM EST7:05 PM VEN3:35 UAE (+1)6:35 PM CT-Darvish allowed two singles over 6 1-3 scoreless innings in his first start in 16 days, combining with three relievers on a three-hitter as the Texas Rangers beat the New Yankees 3-0 Monday night.
Analysis: Darvish (9-4), who last pitched July 6 before going on the disabled list with a right trapezius strain, struck out four and walked two. He left after allowing consecutive batters to reach in the seventh, having thrown 60 of 90 pitches for strikes.
|July 1 1:37 PM PT2:37 PM MT3:37 PM CT4:37 PM ET16:37 ET20:37 GMT4:37 CST1:37 PM MST3:37 PM EST4:07 PM VEN0:37 UAE (+1)3:37 PM CT-Relying heavily on his fastball, primarily a four-seamer, Darvish struck out eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings and the Rangers scored twice on a squeeze bunt in a 3-2 victory over Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Analysis: Darvish (8-3) won for the first time since May 16, ending his longest professional winless drought - in his two years with the Rangers or seven in Japan before that. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA in those seven games, when Texas scored only 12 runs while he was on the mound.
|June 20 6:16 PM PT7:16 PM MT8:16 PM CT9:16 PM ET21:16 ET1:16 GMT9:16 CST6:16 PM MST8:16 PM EST8:46 PM VEN5:16 UAE (+1)8:16 PM CT-The Texas Rangers are planning to bring top pitching prospect Martin Perez back to the majors and give Darvish an extra day of rest.
Analysis: Darvish (7-3), the major league strikeout leader, had been scheduled to start Sunday night against Adam Wainwright (10-4). Darvish will instead pitch the series opener Tuesday at the New York Yankees.
|June 19 2:10 PM PT3:10 PM MT4:10 PM CT5:10 PM ET17:10 ET21:10 GMT5:10 CST2:10 PM MST4:10 PM EST4:40 PM VEN1:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT-Darvish had his winless streak reach six starts, allowing five runs and six hits over six innings in a 6-2 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Analysis: Darvish has struck out 19 over his last 13 innings, but he's 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA since his last win May 16. The Rangers' struggling offense has provided him with nine runs of support during that stretch.
|June 14 2:04 PM PT3:04 PM MT4:04 PM CT5:04 PM ET17:04 ET21:04 GMT5:04 CST2:04 PM MST4:04 PM EST4:34 PM VEN1:04 UAE (+1)4:04 PM CT-Darvish yielded one run and three hits over seven innings but did not fare in the decision in a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Thursday.
Analysis: Darvish has a 1.29 ERA in his last three starts. However, he does not have a decision while getting just three runs of support over that span.
|June 3 3:25 PM PT4:25 PM MT5:25 PM CT6:25 PM ET18:25 ET22:25 GMT6:25 CST3:25 PM MST5:25 PM EST5:55 PM VEN2:25 UAE (+1)5:25 PM CT-The spectacular Darvish did not get a decision Sunday in a 3-1 win over the Royals.
Analysis: Darvish allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six as he left with a 1-0 lead after seven innings. After the game, Darvish said he felt fatigued after throwing 99 pitches. Manager Ron Washington added Darvish told him he was out of gas so monitor the situation.
|May 28 10:36 AM PT11:36 AM MT12:36 PM CT1:36 PM ET13:36 ET17:36 GMT1:36 CST10:36 AM MST12:36 PM EST1:06 PM VEN21:36 UAE12:36 PM CT-Darvish fanned 14 in a 5-3 loss to the D-Backs in Monday's second game of a DH.
Analysis: Darvish fanned 14 for the third time this season and is limiting hitters to a .186 average. He allowed four runs over 7 2-3 innings in a poor effort for someone of his caliber.
|May 22 11:07 AM PT12:07 PM MT1:07 PM CT2:07 PM ET14:07 ET18:07 GMT2:07 CST11:07 AM MST1:07 PM EST1:37 PM VEN22:07 UAE1:07 PM CT-Darvish was tagged with his second loss Tuesday after allowing one run on five hits and three walks over six innings in the Rangers' 1-0 loss to the Athletics.|
|May 17 4:22 PM PT5:22 PM MT6:22 PM CT7:22 PM ET19:22 ET23:22 GMT7:22 CST4:22 PM MST6:22 PM EST6:52 PM VEN3:22 UAE (+1)6:22 PM CT-Manager Ron Washington was not about to question himself Friday over Darvish's recent workload. Especially since Darvish felt fine after throwing a career-high 130 pitches Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers.
Analysis: Washington said Darvish felt fine Friday and went through his normal exercise routine. Darvish's next scheduled start is Tuesday against Oakland.
|May 17 10:42 AM PT11:42 AM MT12:42 PM CT1:42 PM ET13:42 ET17:42 GMT1:42 CST10:42 AM MST12:42 PM EST1:12 PM VEN21:42 UAE12:42 PM CT-Darvish needed a career-high 130 pitches to get through eight innings in the Texas Rangers' 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Analysis: Darvish, who allowed four runs and seven hits, retired 15 of the final 16 Tigers he faced, including 10 straight. He improved to 5-0 over his last six starts.
|May 12 10:40 AM PT11:40 AM MT12:40 PM CT1:40 PM ET13:40 ET17:40 GMT1:40 CST10:40 AM MST12:40 PM EST1:10 PM VEN21:40 UAE12:40 PM CT-Darvish improved to 6-1 in Saturday's 8-7 win at Houston.
Analysis: Darvish yielded three hits and three runs, leaving after the seventh with an 8-3 lead. In his previous outing against the Astros, he came within one out of pitching a perfect game at Houston on April 2. He struck out eight.
|May 6 11:41 AM PT12:41 PM MT1:41 PM CT2:41 PM ET14:41 ET18:41 GMT2:41 CST11:41 AM MST1:41 PM EST2:11 PM VEN22:41 UAE1:41 PM CT-Darvish gave up three runs over seven innings - including two homers for the second time in his two major league season - but he also struck out 14 batters for the second time this year in Texas' 4-3 win over Boston on Sunday.
Analysis: Darvish's 72 strikeouts lead baseball and he's averaging 14.2 per nine innings.
|May 1 11:57 AM PT12:57 PM MT1:57 PM CT2:57 PM ET14:57 ET18:57 GMT2:57 CST11:57 AM MST1:57 PM EST2:27 PM VEN22:57 UAE1:57 PM CT-Darvish wasn't quite as dominant Tuesday but still struck out nine while giving up four runs and seven hits over six innings in Texas' 10-6 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Darvish (5-1, 2.33 ERA) hadn't given up more than six hits or three runs before Tuesday but has 58 strikeouts in 38 2-3 innings.
|Apr. 25 12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 CST12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE2:07 PM CT-Darvish (4-1) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings, struck out 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.65 after getting staked to an 11-0 lead in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Angels.
Analysis: It was the right-hander's 11th double-digit strikeout performance in 34 major league starts.
|Apr. 20 3:12 PM PT4:12 PM MT5:12 PM CT6:12 PM ET18:12 ET22:12 GMT6:12 CST3:12 PM MST5:12 PM EST5:42 PM VEN2:12 UAE (+1)5:12 PM CT-Darvish had his 10th career 10-strikeout game, in his 33rd start in the major leagues, and the Rangers had a six-run inning that doubled their previous highest-scoring frame of the year in a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Analysis: Darvish had last started the previous Friday night at Seattle, when he gave up three runs in the first inning of a 3-1 loss. The Rangers had planned in advance to skip the Japanese ace's scheduled start at the Chicago Cubs because of the cool weather - and the game that would have been his turn to pitch ended up being rained out anyway.
|Apr. 13 1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 CST1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT-Darvish was on the short end of a 3-1 loss to the M's on Friday.
Analysis: Darvish allowed three runs over six innings and fanned eight. He has never won at Safeco Field, going 0-3 with a 7.7 ERA.
|Apr. 8 3:47 PM PT4:47 PM MT5:47 PM CT6:47 PM ET18:47 ET22:47 GMT6:47 CST3:47 PM MST5:47 PM EST6:17 PM VEN2:47 UAE (+1)5:47 PM CT-Darvish won his second straight start, allowing three runs over five innings in a 7-3 win versus the Angels on Sunday.
Analysis: Darvish struck out six and allowed six hits. He also walked four. He's 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA.
|Apr. 7 7:22 PM PT8:22 PM MT9:22 PM CT10:22 PM ET22:22 ET2:22 GMT10:22 CST7:22 PM MST9:22 PM EST9:52 PM VEN6:22 UAE (+1)9:22 PM CT-Darvish left his first home start of the season early because of a blister on his right ring finger.
Analysis: Darvish left after 85 pitches in five innings Sunday night against the Los Angeles Angels. The blister is in the same area that he had issues with in his first start of the season five days earlier, when he came within one out of a perfect game at Houston.
|Apr. 3 11:21 PM PT12:21 AM MT1:21 AM CT2:21 AM ET2:21 ET6:21 GMT14:21 CST11:21 PM MST1:21 AM EST1:51 AM VEN10:21 UAE1:21 AM CT-Darvish had a career-high 14 strikeouts while his bid for a perfect game ended with two outs in the ninth inning of a 7-0 win at Houston on Tuesday.
Analysis: Darvish was fantastic in his season debut. He was impressive as a rookie last season, going 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts so this could be a sign that he's capable of elevating his performance.
|Apr. 2 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 CST8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night. The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Analysis: Darvish became the first pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning since Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010. Of course, the Detroit pitcher was denied only because of an infamous missed call at first base by umpire Jim Joyce, who later admitted he blew the play. The 6-foot-5 Darvish was an All-Star in his first season in Texas on the way to going 16-9 with 221 strikeouts.
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