Game 8: Twins get first look at Darvish
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins get the chance to face Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, who is one of the more intriguing players in baseball after leaving Japan to sign with Texas this offseason.
Darvish dominated while with the Nippon Ham Fighters, posting a career 1.99 ERA and winning two Pacific League MVP Awards. The Rangers paid a hefty price to bring him to the Majors, winning the rights to sign him to a six-year, $56 million deal with a posting fee of more than $51 million.
Darvish struggled in his first start of the year with the Mariners, allowing seven of the first eight batters he faced to reach before settling down. He still ended up surrendering five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
The Twins still don’t know too much about Darvish, as they are basically only studying the tape from his start against Seattle, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. He added they aren’t watching much of the first inning either, as they want to see what adjustments he made after that rocky first frame.
But Gardenhire said he’s impressed by what he saw from Darvish, who reportedly throws six different types of pitches, and said he didn’t realize he’s 6-foot-5.
“He’s got all the pitches,” Gardenhire said. “He’s very athletic, has great stuff, and a great changeup. I saw his changeup just falling off the table. They said he was a little excited in his first start, but we know this guy’s a very good pitcher.”
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Adrian Beltre, DH
5. Michael Young, 3B
6. Nelson Cruz, RF
7. David Murphy, LF
8. Mike Napoli, C
9. Brandon Snyder, 1B
RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 7.94 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 5 2/3 IP, 5 K, 4 BB)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
RHP Nick Blackburn (0-1, 7.50 ERA, 2.91 FIP, 6 IP, 3 K, 2 BB)