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Yu Darvish whiffs 11 Ranger minor-leaguers

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Yu DarvishTexas ace Yu Darvish's Sunday outing can safely be characterized as "a mixed bag."

On the one hand, Darvish coughed up four runs in five innings against a lineup made up of Ranger minor-leaguers. On the other hand, he managed to strike out 11 of the 23 batters he faced -- batters that included top prospects like Leonys Martin, Engel Beltre, Mike Olt, and Tommy Mendonca. And while he logged 85 pitches on the day, it took Darvish just 10 pitches to retire the side in the fifth.

"I was not unhappy with how I pitched," Darvish told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "I was trying to work on the sinker. That's a pitch that we've all said I'll really need. I'm not worried that much about the movement, but more about throwing it for strikes. I'm still progressing. I'm still polishing my delivery."

Darvish was pitching in an intrasquad game because the Rangers didn't want to give the division-rival Angels an early look at the baffling right-hander. Darvish will make his final start of the spring on Friday against the Rockies.
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