Texas Rangers

June 16, 2014

Yu Darvish embracing nemesis A’s

The Rangers’ ace is 0-7 in his last eight starts against Oakland, including the shortest outing of his career in April.

Yu Darvish got what he wanted April 28, a rematch against the team that is the undisputed nemesis so far in his two-plus seasons in the major leagues.

The right-hander then got what he didn’t want, the shortest outing of his career and yet another loss to the Oakland A’s.

That was No. 7, for those scoring at home, all in his past eight starts against them.

Yet, Darvish seems to have found a happy place when he considers his troubles against Oakland. He has gone to the School of Greg (Maddux) for comfort, and perhaps turned to religion or a shrink to turn over a new leaf ahead of his start Tuesday at O.co Coliseum.

“Greg Maddux told me last year that he didn’t really have good numbers throughout his career against Arizona,” Darvish said of the Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers special assistant. “To know that a great pitcher like him had a team that he didn’t have any good numbers, that kind of alleviates my thoughts.”

When asked if he dislikes the A’s, Darvish responded, “I love them.”

He doesn’t have much reason for that. He is 1-7 against them in his career with a 4.73 ERA. The A’s overwhelmed him in that April 28 game, scoring four times and forcing him to throw 83 pitches in only 3 1/3 innings.

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