Rangers manager Ron Washington tries his best to not stray too far from the next game, but he couldn't help himself after watching Yu Darvish on Tuesday night.

That wasn't the same Darvish who struggled in July and early August, or the one who looks like a Class A pitcher whenever he faces offensively challenged Seattle.

Washington has seen a pitcher over his past few starts who has shed the expectations that he brought with him from Japan and is trying to pitch for his team and himself.