Opponents seeing Yu Darvish in his rookie season for the first time have struggled but had his number the second time around.

That early-season trend, which stretched to multiple starts against Seattle and Oakland, is starting to look like a thing of the past, and now the right-hander is trending another way.

His recent results are the ones the Texas Rangers believed they would get in January, when they acquired the Japanese ace and all the expectations that came with him.

Darvish's latest outing Saturday didn't result in a victory, though it should have. But the eight strong innings he delivered against the Rays only 12 days after beating them in Arlington gave the Rangers a chance for a victory.