Page last updated on Wed Apr 01 06:39:23 EDT 2015
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 01:42 PM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish will make his major league debut against Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners on April 9 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Texas Rangers announced the order of their rotation and decided not to break left-handed pitchers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison that means those 2 will follow Colby Lewis with Darvish slotted in the No. 4 area and Neftali Feliz rounding out the 5-man rotation. Baseball odds.

That sets up Darvish for the Monday night start in Texas, followed by his 1st road start in Minnesota 5 days later. He is probably going to face the N.Y Yankees in Texas that 1st month.

“Wherever and whenever I’m told to pitch, I’ll just do my best,” Darvish related thru a translator. “That’s all I’m thinking about at this moment.”

The club could change the rotation at some specific point using off days to split up the left-handed starters. But the Rangers won’t do it as the season begins.

Rangers’ chief Ron Washington was asked his thoughts on Darvish facing Suzuki in the club’s 1st American League West game of the season.

“Just get him out,” Washington recounted. “Ichiro is among the better players in the American League. Darvish will be attempting to build himself as one of the better pitchers, so it must be a good matchup. But it’s not Darvish against Ichiro; it’s Darvish vs the Seattle Mariners.”

Darvish, 25-year-old, makes his final start in the Arizona desert on Fri. night in Scottsdale, Arizona, against the Colorado Rockies. He’s sure to go 6 innings and push his pitch count towards 100 pitches. Darvish will then dial it back to 1 or 2 innings in his final tune-up on Wed. in Frisco against the Rangers’ Double-A squad before making his 1st regular-season start.

Darvish has thrown fifteen innings in Arizona — in Cactus League, small time and intrasquad games — and has given up 7 runs on twelve hits with ten walks and 21 strikeouts. Darvish has impressed scouts with the movement on his breaking pitches and his steady delivery.

Washington expressed conviction in his young 2012 rotation.

“We have some unknowns, but those unfamiliar are extremely gifted,” Washington recounted. “I feel relaxed that they’ll go out there and keep us in ballgames. That’s the bottom line.”

Lewis, the vet of the staff, makes his 1st Opening Day start after posting successive 200-inning seasons after returning from a flourishing 2 year stint in Japan. Lewis was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA in 2011 and has been the club’s top postseason pitcher the past two years. Lewis has 4 wins in 8 playoff starts, posting a 2.34 ERA. He won Game 6 of the ALCS in 2010, sending the Rangers to the franchise’s 1st World Series. Baseball spreads.

“He’s a veteran and trustworthy,” Washington recounted. “You know what you’re going to get.”

Holland is among the club’s young guns, fresh off a new agreement worth $28.5 million over 5 years with 2 club options. He was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA last year, including a remarkable 2nd-half stretch.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
BASKETBALL 3/10/2015 - 4/15/2015
2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
HOCKEY 3/10/2015 - 4/11/2015
2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
RK Team
Chicago Bulls
Washington Wizards
Ul Monroe
Ul Monroe
Portland Trailblazers
NBAPistons vs Hornets4:05 PM PST
NBASpurs vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Wizards4:05 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Sabres4:30 PM PST
NBAPacers vs Celtics4:35 PM PST
NBANets vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
College BasketballLoyola Chicago vs UL - Monroe5:00 PM PST
NHLFlyers at Penguins5:00 PM PST
NBAKings vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBABulls vs Bucks5:05 PM PST
NBARaptors vs Timberwolves5:05 PM PST
NBAMavericks vs Thunder5:05 PM PST
NBANuggets vs Jazz6:05 PM PST
NHLOilers at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NBAClippers vs Trail Blazers7:05 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Sharks7:30 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Lakers7:35 PM PST
NHLIslanders at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLLightning at Senators4:30 PM PST
NHLBruins at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Panthers4:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Kings7:30 PM PST
NHLBlackhawks at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlues at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLCoyotes at Sharks7:00 PM PST
UFCL Murphy vs L Carmouche08:00 AM PST
UFCA Yakovlev vs G Maynard08:00 AM PST
UFCT Johnson vs S Abdurahimov08:00 AM PST
UFCJ Jones vs R Stallings08:00 AM PST
UFCR Lamas vs C Mendes10:00 AM PST
UFCA Iaquinta vs J Masvidal10:00 AM PST
UFCM Clarke vs M Chiesa10:00 AM PST
UFCM Dudieva vs J Pena10:00 AM PST
UFCR Peralta vs C Guida10:00 AM PST
UFCD Ferreira vs D Poirier10:00 AM PST
NHLFlyers at Hurricanes10:00 AM PST
NHLPenguins at Blue Jackets11:00 AM PST
NHLCanucks at Jets12:00 PM PST
College BasketballMichigan State vs Duke3:05 PM PST
NHLLightning at Panthers4:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Islanders4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Rangers4:00 PM PST
NHLWings at Wild4:00 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Senators4:00 PM PST
NHLStarts at Predators5:00 PM PST
College BasketballWisconsin vs Kentucky5:45 PM PST
NHLSharks at Coyotes6:00 PM PST
NHLFlames at Oilers7:00 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Kings7:00 PM PST
NHLPenguins at Flyers09:30 AM PST
NHLCapitals at Red Wings2:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Panthers2:00 PM PST
NHLSenators at Maple Leafs4:30 PM PST
NHLBlues at Blackhawks4:30 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLBlue jackets at Rangers4:00 PM PST
NHLJets at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Canucks7:00 PM PST
NHLStars at Sharks7:30 PM PST
NHLRangers at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLIslanders at Flyers4:00 PM PST
NHLPenguins at Senators4:30 PM PST