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Scouts from five MLB teams were at Yu Darvish’s game on Saturday

by on Sep.18, 2011 @ 6:28 am, under MLB, NPB

Sponichi mentions that scouts from 5 MLB teams watched Yu Darvish start a game against the Softbank Hawks on Saturday.  No mention of any team names, although I'm sure they'll start to trickle in throughout the day.

Quick notes about the start:

Darvish topped out at 152km/h.

He recorded his 50th double-digit strikeout game with 12 strikeouts.

He now has 235 strikeouts on the year, which is the highest total for any pitcher since Kazuhisa Ishii struck out 241 for the Yakult Swallows in 1998.  It's also the highest in franchise history since Tomehiro Kaneda struck out 246 in 1970.

He has a career 1,209 strikeouts, good for 83rd on the all-time list.