Rangers’ starter Yu Darvish doesn’t believe the Angels saw his best on Sunday, but whatever they saw, Los Angeles’s hitters came away impressed by the 25-year-old Japanese national. Or, to use the words of Angels’ outfielder Torii Hunter, who actually fared well against Darvish, going 2-for-3, he was “absolutely filthy.”
Darvish had nine days between starts, as he dealt with a stiff neck, and upon returning, he felt that he wasn’t terribly sharp. Even still, Darvish’s line wasn’t at all bad--he went 6 2/3, scattering nine hits and allowing three runs. He might have earned his 17th win, too, but Joe Nathan was unable to close the door on the Angels in the ninth.
“I didn’t feel that sharp, but I thought I did the best I could to give the team a chance to win,” Darvish said through an interpreter, per the Dallas Morning News. “Three days ago, I couldn’t play catch at all. Under the circumstances, I thought I pitched okay.”