A couple of weeks ago, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish said he had no interest in pitching in the All-Star game if he's selected to the July 15 game in Minneapolis, which he certainly will be. That's because the rotation was set up so that Darvish would pitch on July 13 against the Angels — the final game before the all-star break.
But the weather just might change things as it's almost certain the Rangers' finale in Baltimore Thursday night, which Darvish is scheduled to start, will be washed out with a 90 percent chance of rain after an hour-and-a-half rain delay on Wednesday night.
If that happens, Darvish would be bumped back to Friday in the Big Apple, when the Rangers visit the New York Mets and Citi Field. And guess what? There's an 80 percent chance of rain in New York on Friday night. Either, or both, would cause Darvish's schedule to be adjusted and would put him on either four or five days of rest heading into the All-Star Game.
Darvish has been an all-star in each of his previous two MLB seasons. In 2012, he didn't pitch in the game for manager Ron Washington, who was probably saving his prized arm. In 2013, Darvish wasn't available as he was dealing with an injury.