The next time the Texas Rangers decide to skip Yu Darvish's turn in the rotation, they should select a start against Seattle for him to miss. It doesn't matter whether he would be pitching in his hitter-friendly home ballpark or at the pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. Just skip him. These offensively challenged Mariners have had no problem this season with Darvish, and his third career start against the worst team in the American League West was no different. Darvish surrendered four runs in a messy first inning and a career-high seven over 61/3 in a 7-0 loss that snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak. Felix Hernandez overwhelmed the Rangers for a second time this season, both times outpitching Darvish, and kept them from gaining a game on the Los Angeles Angels in the West standings. "One thing I've noticed is their approach toward me has been very good," said Darvish, who threw 106 pitches. "It was different from the other outings. Giving up a four-spot against a very good pitcher, all of a sudden it's a tough situation for our offense."
Last-place Mariners leave Yu spellbound again as Rangers fall
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jul 15