Yu Darvish will get the opening day start for the Texas Rangers this year. From the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley:
Rangers manager Ron Washington made the easiest decision of the season Saturday. Right-hander Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter March 31 against Philadelphia at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
As Washington said, the decision was obvious. The Rangers prepare for spring training with only two healthy starting pitchers: Darvish and left-hander Martin Perez. Only a health concern would cause a change, Washington said.
... If Darvish makes the start, the Rangers will have used six opening day starters in the last six seasons. The streak started with Kevin Millwood in 2009 and continued through Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison.
Source: Dallas Morning News 1/25/2014
Darvish worked out at Kamagaya again on Saturday. He threw thirty-three pitches, including breaking balls, to a standing catcher in the bullpen. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "See you at spring training."
Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2014
Koji Uehara was given a special award during an Osaka Taiiku University Baseball Alumni gathering on Saturday. The group wanted to recognize Uehara for providing good publicity for his alma mater with his outstanding performance on the field.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2014
Masahiro Tanaka was at Edogawa University in Chiba today. He was a guest at a symposium about professional baseball players. About 500 students packed the hall. Among some of the things he said:
You have to provide comments even when you get hit. It is rude to the fans not to.
The most important thing is give your best possible performance on the field.
Ever since I started playing baseball in elementary school, I was told to become a player like Hideki Matsui.
I hear baseball in Japan and the United States are completely different. I think the key to my success will depend on how I approach and adjust [to the game].