Here are just some random notes on newly added Japanese Rangers pitcher (Yu Darvish)
* Darvish threw out of the stretch the entire outing, saying he was just comfortable doing that Wednesday. He will decide whether to throw out of the stretch exclusively depending on how he feels and the Rangers aren’t worried about it. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said Darvish told him he planned on throwing out of the stretch Wednesday.
“I’ve got to check the rule book, but I don’t think there’s an infraction for pitching out of the stretch,” Maddux said. “The biggest pitches you make in the game come out of the stretch, so if you want to hone that craft, by all means.”
Manager Ron Washington was curious how Darvish would react when things didn’t go right. Turns out he was fine. He gave up a double to the second batter he faced and then got the next two batters out. He also allowed a leadoff double in the second, but threw strikes and made defensive plays to get out of the jam.
Darvish was pleased with his command on his secondary pitches, which he said was better than what he did on Friday in the intrasquad game.
Asked if Darvish could be the best in the United States, Muta said: “I think so.”