Yu Darvish (TEX) tossed two bullpen sessions on Wednesday: he first threw twenty-four pitches and then spoke to pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins before throwing seventeen more pitches.
- Darvish became the first pitcher to surrender four or more runs in his first start and still win a game since Bill Steele (St. Louis) in 1910.
- The max NHK TV ratings for Darvish (12.1%) did not surpass the 12.8% Hideki Matsui registered during his first MLB bat (April 1, 2003, Japan time, similar time slot).
- Fox Sports Southwest reportedly failed to broadcast the first two pitches of Darvish's start.
- The name plate from Darvish's locker was apparently removed for safe-keeping.
Darvish also updated his blog:
I started a game against the Mariners, allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings, and won.
I threw forty-two pitches in the first inning and gave up four runs, but I managed to hang on and remain in the game until the 6th.
The outing was about as bad as it could be, but I am glad because team won.
My first start each year does not seem to go very well.
But I think I will be able to throw better next time.
Thank you for your support!