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Yu Darvish News and Notes: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 11:55 am, under MLB

Via Nikkan Sports, the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley provides the following update on Yu Darvish:

"We'll keep an eye on the volume of throwing," Maddux said.

The report on Darvish is he has "the ability to throw more pitches than the catcher has fingers," Maddux said. That fits the Japanese style of working the edges of a large strike zone and being comfortable going to full counts. Darvish had seven starts last season of 130-plus pitches.

With the Rangers, Maddux said, Darvish must determine which are his best three to four pitches, live and die with them and go for outs early in a count. High pitch counts will not work in the summer heat of Texas.

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Via Sponichi, Bloomberg included Darvish on their list of top five athletes to watch in 2012.

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ESPN's Richard Durrett discusses the PR/money-making opportunities that come with signing a playing like Darvish.