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Long Ball Becoming Issue For Darvish

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Geovany Soto talks with Yu Darvish in between pitches.

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Well, Yu Darvish's winless streak that has gone for nearly a month and a half now continued on Tuesday night as Darvish took a no-decision and remained at 7-3 on the season with the New York Yankees' 4-3 walk-off win in the series opener against the Texas Rangers.

In many of those no-decisions along the way, Darvish didn't get run support and pitched very well, taking several tough-luck losses. But recently, things are starting to turn a little bit, and Tuesday was another one of those nights.

The second-year Japanese sensation allowed just three runs — not bad — but could only stay in the game for just more than five innings (5 1/3) and all three runs came on solo home runs, with two of those coming to light hitters.

It was a career-high for home runs allowed in an outing for Darvish and continued a disturbing trend for the Rangers' ace this year, giving up the long ball.

When Jayson Nix drilled a breaking ball into the left-field stands in the sixth inning, that was it for Darvish, and it was the 14th home run he'd allowed this season, which tied his 2012 season total.

"He wasn't at his best," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of his ace. "He left some pitches in the wrong spot, two breaking balls and a cutter that he tried to get down and in.

"He's pitching. I don't see any difference in what he's doing. Maybe, at times, he throws pitches he can get away with, but he didn't get away with them tonight."

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