Yu Darvish did his part to see that his team broke out of a four-game skid on Saturday against the Oakland A's, but of course, as we all now know, the Texas Rangers' bats couldn't get anything going against Bartolo Colon and the Rangers dropped their fifth straight game, which turned into a six-game home skid on Sunday.
While Darvish was in the midst of a seven-inning, one-run outing with 10 strikeouts and one walk, he was also messing around a bit with A's hitters.
During one at-bat, in particular, Darvish was seen on television replay yelling the word "fastball" to A's third baseman Josh Donaldson just before throwing him a breaking ball. This all stems back to earlier in the season when Donaldson called Darvish out for not challenging him with his fastballs.
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Donaldson said after Saturday's game that the gamesmanship didn't bother him, but it certainly seemed to bother his teammate Coco Crisp, who had to be restrained in the dugout and was jawing at Darvish.
"He's done that to me before," Donaldson told The Dallas Morning News. "It doesn't bother me."
Donaldson has no reason to be bothered, as the A's are now 6.5 games up on the Rangers in the AL West with 14 games to play.