Yu Darvish's (TEX) next start will likely be against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 30, one day earlier than originally scheduled.
Sponichi and Sanspo are carrying comments from Darvish's post-game press conference on Tuesday.
You were more effective against left-handed hitters this time around.
My curve and change were working. That made it more difficult for batters to guess which pitch I was going to throw next.
What was going through your head in the 3rd inning when you had the bases loaded and no out?
I was not thinking about that part at all (laughter). I was prepared to give up two runs.
What about when you got [Alex] Rodriguez to hit into a double play with one out?
I did not want to shake off too many signs, so I called [Mike] Napoli over and told him I wanted to throw the two-seamer. I threw two two-seamers. I was hoping to get a grounder.
Were you frustrated at yourself for not being able to toss a complete game?
It is not so much about pitching until the end... I felt I pitched well up to where the manager wanted me to pitch.
What did you think about [Hiroiki] Kuroda's performance?
I was not sitting in the dugout when the team was up to bat, so I did not have many chances to see. But if you look at the end-results, he turned in another solid outing, which is impressive. When I pitch, all my thoughts are focused on getting batters out.
You started a game at home, against the Yankees, and beat another Japanese pitcher.
It is not different than any other victory. Today was just another day I was able to do my job.
The cutter was effective against left-handed hitters.
More than the cutter, I feel my change and curve made it harder for the batter's to guess which pitch was coming next.
What about the bases loaded, no out situation in the 3rd inning?
I had completely forgotten about that. [Curtis] Granderson was up to bat and I was thinking about I wanted to get him out. But I was also prepared to give up like two runs.
Were you able to pitch well based on the situations?
Yeah. Well, I think there were a lot of grounders, so in that sense, I think I was able to pitch well.
Did you want to pitch until the end?
I wanted to pitch as long as they wanted me to so when they said they wanted me to pitch the 9th, I took at that. So more than pitching until the very end, I just wanted to pitch well up to the point where the manager felt my day was done.
What did you think of Kuroda's performance?
I was not in the dugout very often when the team was up to bat, so I did not have many chances to see, but based on the results, he pitched well and I think that is impressive. But when I pitch, I am only thinking about the batters I have to face.
Are you satisfied with your outing against the Yankees?
Not entirely. It might be strange of me to say that I did not feel I pitched well, even though I managed to stave the Yankees off. But then they faced me for the first time and I knew them. Stuff like that. I think I am still not quite there yet.
Do you trust the defense behind you?
Well, what else is there other than trust? They hit well, defend well, they are good at everything. I was able to pitch with full confidence in the players behind me. That is a big plus.
You pitched from the set position from the 1st inning. Will that change?
I will change things up based on the situations.