Yu Darvish began his training in Miyazaki on Friday. The media was pretty much shutout from the workouts -- the Nippon Ham Fighters asked reporters to refrain from making contact with Darvish (for interviews and photos).
Sponichi reports that talks between Darvish and the Texas Rangers are not going well -- Darvish is looking for around 1.5B yen (or US$20M) a year at five years while the Rangers' first offer may have been around 616M yen a year at six years. They also note that the two sides have yet to really start the negotiation process.
In a separate article, Sponichi wonders if Darvish has refrained from making comments to the press because he wants to make sure he can easily slide back into pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2012.