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Yu Darvish News and Notes: April 26, 2012

by on Apr.26, 2012 @ 4:44 pm, under MLB

Yu Darvish's (TEX) next start will likely be against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 30, one day earlier than originally scheduled.

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Sponichi and Sanspo are carrying comments from Darvish's post-game press conference on Tuesday.

First, Sponichi:

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.

Now Sanspo:

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.

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