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Washington: Yu Is A Big Game Pitcher

Yu Darvish will get the start in Friday night's Wild Card game between the Rangers and the Orioles




    The Texas Rangers will give the ball to rookie Yu Darvish in their one-game playoff with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, and the 25-year-old Japanese national is feeling good and confident going into the win-or-go home scenario.

    Of course I’m ready,” Darvish said through an interpreter, per the Dallas Morning News. “If I’m not ready, I probably wouldn’t be picked. I’m going to approach it like any other start. I’ll try to pitch well and give my team a chance to win.”

    Lately, Darvish hasn’t had any issue with accomplishing this goal (knock on wood): He comes into the Wild Card game with the Orioles riding a streak of eight consecutive quality starts, and has been pretty impressive since the calendar turned from August to September.

    “I’m not going to put any labels on guys as a No. 1 or whatever,” said Rangers’ manager Ron Washington, after the loss to Oakland on Wednesday. “But when we play our next game, he’s going to pitch. I like the way he has gone out and competed. I like where he started and where he has arrived. You can say this: He is a big-game pitcher.”