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SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - The mere presence of Yu Darvish on the mound made this more than an ordinary day at camp for the Texas Rangers.
Intrasquad games normally draw few fans with mostly scouts, wives, families, girlfriends and club officials in attendance.
That was certainly not the case Friday. The stands were nearly full, people were standing and more than 100 members of the media attended.
The 25-year-old, 6-foot-5 righty did fine. He struck out Elvis Andrus while throwing a hitless third inning. The sound of a horde of cameras shuttering with every one of his 21 pitches drowned out the thud of the ball hitting the mitt of catcher Dusty Brown.
“My fastball life and the quality are not even close at all to season form,” Darvish said through a translator. “At this time every year my fastball quality and feel are not good. We still have a month to go.”
Darvish is scheduled to pitch again March 7 against San Diego.
Darvish twice fell behind in the count 3-0 and threw only 11 strikes.
“You could tell he was a little nervous,” Hamilton said. “It’s the first time facing hitters, everybody’s watching as far as game-type situations. Overall, he looks very confident on the mound and obviously that will continue to grow the more games we get into.
“Going to a new team, a new situation, a new culture all those things play a factor in how you’re feeling. You can step into his shoes a little bit and think about how he’s feeling _ not really know, but just think about it. He’ll get better when he settles in,” he said.
“It’s tough to judge the first outing of the year on a backfield in Surprise, Ariz.,” Kinsler said. “He had a clean inning. He threw strikes when he needed to. He threw me a 3-2 offspeed pitch, a slider. That’s pretty good on the first day to have confidence in your offspeed stuff to throw in a full count.”
“A saw a super slow curve, it was good,” Andrus said. “The fastball had a lot of life on it. All around he looked pretty good. He threw me two pretty good sinkers. It’s going to be a great pitch for him during the season.”
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