“He knows how good of a pitcher he is. He knows how well he controls his pitches. We truly believe he’s going to get everything back on track and be the Yu Darvish everybody knows,” he said.
“The ball moved tremendously,” Hamilton said.
Radar guns clocked Darvish’s fastball between 93-96 mph.
When Darvish took the mound the temperature was in the upper 50s with a north wind of 15 to 25 miles per hour, gusting up to 40, making it unseasonably chilly in Arizona. Darvish said that did not affect his balance and mechanics.
“I think the delivery is fine,” he said. “I’ve thrown in these types of conditions before.”
He shook off Brown a few times.
“I’ve been told by the pitching coach to throw the pitch you want to throw,” Darvish said. “There is nothing wrong with shaking off the catcher. The reason I shook him off and went to my pitch is not to try to work on anything. I tried to get the guy out.”
He said it was fun facing the top of the Texas lineup.
“I enjoyed it,” he said. “I was fortunate to throw against three quality hitters like that. The superstars around the league, I don’t know everyone, but I’m looking forward very much to facing those guys.”
“I’m glad he’s on our team,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that. I’m glad we don’t have to face him in our division or in our league. We’re real excited about having him on the team.”