THE FIRST DAY OF YU

BY: Richard W. Humphrey

This afternoon, Yu Darvish will make his Rangers’ debut. He is scheduled to throw two innings against the Padres in Peoria, Arizona in what is clearly the most anticipated spring game in the history of the Texas Rangers. For a normal game, the Rangers would process no more than a half-dozen media requests. As of yesterday afternoon, they had processed 65, which does not relate the magnitude of the interest in this game, as numerous requests were directed to the Padres.

Darvish is scheduled to pitch the first two innings, which will be televised in Japan. In the Dallas/Ft. Worth area,ESPN radio (103.3 FM) will broadcast the first two innings. At 4:00 PM, FOX Sports Southwest will show highlights of the Darvish outing.

Darvish’s next start has been announced for Tuesday, March 13 against Cleveland. The MLB Network will televise the game nationally by picking up the Indians’ television feed. Darvish is scheduled to throw three innings in that start, around 50 pitches.

In yesterday’s game, the Rangers bombarded Arizona with 19 hits in a 16-3 rout for their first spring win. Elvis Andrus followed up a three-hit performance on Sunday with two more and a sacrifice fly, boosting his spring average to .714. Conor Jackson, Leonys Martin, and Yangervis Solarte hit home runs. Matt Harrison started and was unscored upon in two innings of work. He gave up a hit and hit a batter. Jake Brigham, one of six relievers that followed Harrison, allowed all three Arizona runs. Mike Napoli started and caught three innings in the Rangers’ Sunday opener. He reported no problem with his sprained ankle, and was back in the starting lineup Monday for four more innings behind the plate.

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