DETROIT, MI - MAY 22: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Comerica Park on May 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Yu Darvish pitches every fifth day for the Texas Rangers, making every fifth game a must-watch for even the most casual of Rangers fans — heck, even the most casual baseball fan.
Every time Darvish takes the hill, there's a chance something special could happen, as evidenced by the numerous times he's taken no-hitters into the seventh inning or so, and the two times in particular he's fallen just one out shy of a no-hitter or perfect game over the past two seasons.
On Tuesday night, Darvish takes the bump against a Minnesota Twins lineup that is struggling horribly at the moment after being one of the best offenses in baseball in April. Not only is there a chance for Darvish to do something special for baseball fans, but he can also do something special for his team, which would be just firing another quality Yu outing and picking up a win to send the team to two games over .500 and winners of six of their last seven games.
So far this year, Darvish is 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA, and he's set to face a Twins team that has seen him just one time. Last season in his only career start against the Twins, he held them hitless through six innings before hitting a wall in the seventh and taking a loss.
That history combined with the current state of the Twins lineup could mean more special moments for the Rangers ace tonight, and another win for the surprisingly resurgent Rangers.