CHICAGO — Yu Darvish created a lot of gray area last week when he informed the media that he didn’t “feel right” after his start April 12 at Seattle.A week later, with two days of extra rest, Darvish said that he has closed in on feeling right ahead of his scheduled start tonight against the Mariners to open a quick three-game weekend homestand.The blister on his right ring finger is “perfect,” he said, and won’t be an issue. A mechanical adjustment was made during his bullpen session that could have him closer to his “A” game Friday night.He also will be working on two extra days’ rest.“I’m not 100 percent, but I was able to make some adjustments,” said Darvish, who has allowed five first-inning runs in his past two starts. “With the extra days, I can rest a little more.”Pitching coach Mike Maddux suggested that the start Darvish missed in spring training and the extended effort April 2 while bidding for a perfect game might have knocked Darvish out of whack.Another factor was only a light bullpen session ahead of his last start because of cold weather April 10 in Arlington.“It was one of those eye-wash bullpens where you couldn’t get a lot accomplished,” Maddux said. “He threw a good bullpen the other day, and we found a mechanical glitch in there and tuned it up.”Owning interleagueThe Rangers entered their series with the Cubs tied with the New York Yankees for the best interleague record in baseball since 2010 at 37-17, and became the owners of the best interleague road record in that span Tuesday at 20-7.The rainout Wednesday allowed the Yankees to slide slightly ahead for the best overall mark, but the Rangers have made the most of games against the National League while charging to three consecutive playoff appearances.But when pressed for a reason, Rangers players couldn’t finger one. They’ve benefited from playing several losing NL teams, such as Pittsburgh in 2010 and Houston all three years.“You could factor that into play if you want, but the team with the worst record beats the team with the better record often in this game,” left fielder David Murphy said.But the Rangers have also shown well against contenders, such as Atlanta in 2011 and San Francisco last year.Until this year, interleague games were played later in the year when the Rangers are usually at their best. They also like playing in different venues.For the most part, though, the sparkling interleague record is just coincidence.“I don’t think there’s too much to it,” second baseman Ian Kinsler said.West reliefThe Rangers will join the effort to offer aid and relief to the victims of the West explosion this weekend during the three-game homestand against Seattle.Fans wishing to donate essential items such as diapers, clothing, toiletries, water bottles and nonperishable foods can drop them off outside the gates beginning two hours before each game. They can also make cash donations.Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers/Sportservice Food Truck will head to West today, and a blood drive will be held Sunday.
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