Darvish motivated to become world's best pitcher

Darvish motivated to become world's best pitcher

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New Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, center, walks past waiting fans and media after arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Darvish will make his first appearance with the Texas Rangers since the prized Japanese pitcher agreed to a six-year contract. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) - Yu Darvish says a desire to become the world's best pitcher was behind his decision to leave Japan and sign with the Texas Rangers.

Darvish spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying "I want to become the kind of pitcher that will make people say 'Darvish is the No. 1 pitcher in the world."'

The 25-year-old right-hander agreed last week to a six-year contract with the Rangers guaranteeing him $56 million.

Darvish had a 93-38 record with a 1.99 ERA in 167 games in the past seven seasons in Japan where he was a two-time MVP of the Pacific League and a five-time All-Star.
 

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