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Yu Darvish eyes taking Rangers into break on winning note

Yu Darvish is fine with not pitching during Tuesday’s All-Star Game since he’s starting the Rangers’ first-half finale Sunday against the Rangers.
Yu Darvish is fine with not pitching during Tuesday’s All-Star Game since he’s starting the Rangers’ first-half finale Sunday against the Rangers. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Yu Darvish is okay with not pitching at the All-Star Game on Tuesday. He understands since he’s pitching the first-half finale Sunday against the Angels, it’s not wise to come back two days later and get on a mound.

“It is what it is,” said Darvish, who earned his fourth All-Star nod. “We talked and looked at the schedule and we’re thinking about the second half. I agreed that maybe this is what we needed to do.”

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, who has four kids, said he told new father Elvis Andrus to not have too many dogs if he plans to have any more kids (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Besides, Darvish said, the coolest thing about the All-Star Game is hanging out and talking baseball with the other All-Stars.

Darvish is coming off his worst start of the season when he was tagged for seven earned runs on 11 hits (both tied career-highs) over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

“There’s nothing I can do. You don’t want to think about it too much,” said Darvish, who’d like to take the Rangers into the break on a winning note.

“It’s going to make a big difference if we win that game or lose, so my intention is to win the game as always so we can have a good week,” he said.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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