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Nippon Ham Fighters: Yu Darvish pitches out of the wind

by on Aug.26, 2011 @ 1:03 am, under NPB

Yu Darvish pitched out of the wind today and matched career highs in strikeouts (15) and velocity (domestic record of 156km/h).

Darvish usually pitches out of the stretch and when asked after the game why he decided to pitch out of the wind, he told reporters, "I tried pitching out of the wind in the bullpen once and I was unsure about it until yesterday.  But then last night, over twitter, an old fan tweeted, sort of jokingly, that he wanted to see me [pitch out of the wind] and I decided to follow through."

Seems pitching coach Masato Yoshii also wanted to see Darvish pitch out of the stretch as he said to reporters, "I've wanted to see Darvish pitch like that for a while now.  It's a dream I've had for a long time."