Darvish makes spring training debut for Rangers

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by GEROGE RIBA

WFAA

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 8 at 4:58 AM

The long awaited debut of Rangers Pitcher Yu Darvish made his debut in Peoria, Arizona.

He's been in camp almost two weeks now, but this will be his first start in an exhibition game.

Rangers President Nolan Ryan said that he doesn't want him to do more than he's capable of doing during these spring training games and wanted him to use his time on the mound to get acclimated to the American game.

There is an adjustment period that Darvish will have go through. The routine of pitching on five days rest will be different, he doesn't know the hitters, plus the baseball is different size as well.

The Rangers had to pay a $51.7 million transfer fee before giving him a six year deal worth $60 million dollar.

The game will be carried live by four different networks in Japan but it will not be carried live in the United States.

It'll be 5 a.m. Tokyo time when Darvish throws out that first pitch. He's scheduled to throw just two innings.

By the way, the honor of being the first hitter in the United States to face Darvish is expected to be Padres Centerfielder Cameron Maybin.

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