Yu Darvish

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    September 29, 2014

    A Eulogy for the 2014 Texas Rangers

    The signs were there on opening day. Tanner Scheppers, the Rangers' starting pitcher, was making his first major league start, not because he'd stated a case that he deserved to start the first game of the season, but because of injury. The bullpen, similarly beset by injuries, would melt down in sp ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The Rangers Even Suck at Sucking

    Behind a seven-inning, two-run start from Nick Tepesch and a two-run ninth inning, walkoff rally capped off by Adam Rosales' game-winning RBI single over a drawn-in infield, the Rangers knocked off the Angels yesterday, ending a four-game losing streak overall and a nine-game skid against the Halos. ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Joey Gallo Is Here to Give Us Hope

    The Rangers lost again yesterday. It's the eighth defeat in a row and 22nd out of 25 for a franchise that's won at least 90 games in each of the past four seasons. It was the latest lowlight in series that's been -- Yu Darvish and Adrian Beltre excepted -- full of them. The sheer number of injuries ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Can the Rangers' Season Be Saved?

    Derek Holland. Matt Harrison. Martin Perez. Geovany Soto. Prince Fielder. Jurickson Profar. Engel Beltre. Three-fifths of the rotation, the starting catcher, the starting first baseman, the starting second baseman and the backup outfielder are currently not playing. This doesn't include players who ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Texas Rangers Say North Carolina Has Best BBQ, Immediately Lose Ability to Play Baseball

    Yesterday on Twitter, the Texas Rangers Twitter account tweeted something awful. Something unbelievable. Something that's just not true. When asked by a fan, "What state makes the best BBQ?" the Rangers account replied, "North Carolina... sorry!" You're ellipsis-sorry for bashing Texas barbecue, T ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Your 2014 Texas Rangers Nicknames

    Our 2013 Best of Dallas award winner, and Observer writer, Michael "Grubes" Gruber, is renowned for nicknaming Rangers players. In fact, if you follow him on Twitter (@tweetgrubes) like thousands of other people do, then his Diamond Tweets covering the Rangers games are largely incomprehensible with ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Live Blog - Phillies 14 Rangers 10

    Hello everybody, from The Ballpark With the New Name. We're here at Rangers Opening Day, and will be documenting the thrills, the spills, and the silliness. Apologies for any mistakes - your live blogger is British, and thus totally unfit to document America's national pastime, no matter how much he ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Baseball Jesus Has Forsaken the Texas Rangers

    O Baseball Jesus, why hast thou forsaken us? Just since yesterday, we have learned that Jurickson Profar will be out 10-12 weeks, Geovany Soto will be out 10-12 weeks and Yu Darvish, the projected Opening Day starter ... might not be available Opening Day.

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    July 26, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Sushi Restaurants

    I've destroyed a lot of sashmi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there was a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    While Yu Darvish Threw a Near-Perfect Game, Twitter Was Calling Him "Jap" and "Chink"

    tough break for that dirty jap yu darvish he should probably kill himself losing his perfect game— Andy Chacon (@Andle008) April 3, 2013 This Week in Racism ... Even discounted for his putrid opponent, Yu Darvish pitched one of the best games in Rangers history last night, setting down 26 s ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Biggest Gut Busters

    Gut bombs frighten me. I have enough of a food handicap because of my line of work, but professions aside, I'm not so good with self control when it comes to eating. I've been known on more than one occasion to follow the Louis C.K. school of consumption mechanics: I don't stop when I'm full, I stop ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Divorcing Josh Hamilton Was Exactly What the Rangers Needed to Do

    Shortly after Rangers general manager Jon Daniels swapped erratic right-hander Edinson Volquez and reliever Danny Herrera for Josh Hamilton five years ago, I placed seemingly unrealistic expectations on the troubled outfielder. "He has the potential to be the best center fielder in Rangers' history ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Five Key Holes the Rangers Need to Fill This Winter, and How They Should Fill Them

    Just a few days after the 2012 MLB season kicked off in Japan, one of the elite players scheduled to become a free agent in the coming offseason took himself off the market. The Giants enticed Matt Cain to stay in San Francisco, signing him to a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension -- the mos ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Before His State Fair Battle, Kobayashi Talks Eating Raw Cow Brains, Battling Bears

    The competitive eater and hot dog champion of the galaxy, Takeru Kobayashi (Kobi), is in town for the State Fair. This morning I met him and his people for a little chat. First things first: nicest guy. Just really so polite and nice. He looks intense and insane in some of his pictures, but that's ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Why (and How) the Rangers Should Go All In as the Trade Deadline Looms

    What a week for Your Texas Rangers. Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington took turns publicly ripping Josh Hamilton for the alarming lack of discipline he's displayed at the plate, increasing the likelihood that he'll be headed elsewhere this offseason. Fans booed the slumping slugger at home for the firs ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012
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    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Best Part About the Rangers Inking Roy Oswalt? Low Expectations and a Big Upside.

    Heading into Tuesday night's 10-3 ass-kicking by the Seattle Mariners, the Rangers and their fans had very little to complain about the 2012 season. Name an offensive stat -- batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs, total bases, on-base-plus-slugging percentage (my personal fave) -- and the Ra ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Spring Vegetables, Spring Festivals and Lots of Tequila: The Week In Dallas Eating

    More festivals this weekend. The 6th Annual Real Texas Festival kicks off today. I wasn't around for it last year, but Nick Rallo was and he gave the event a ringing endorsement. There are worse ways to spend your time than sampling barbecue from entrants chasing a $500 grand champion prize. Things ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    The Yu We're Looking For

    I woke up this morning on the hunt for video of Yu Darvish's Arlington gem from last night, for those who may have missed it. The numbers don't do it justice (although with 10 Ks in 8 1/3, the numbers are great). The guy just looked like an ace last night, in total control of what seemed to be about ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Yu Darvish's Deb-Yu: Five Observations of Last Night's Game from a Mariners Blogger

    We asked Seattle-based sports blogger and A.L. West obsessive Brian Elsner to review Yu Darvish's Major League debut from a division foe's perspective. These are his thoughts. 1. Darvish Needs to Rely on All Those Other Pitches Everyone raves about the number of pitches Darvish can throw; I've hear ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Bolsa Mercado Cranks Out a Solid with the Turkey Ciabatta

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments, and he'll check it out. Venue: Bolsa Mercado Sandwich: Smoked Turkey Ciabatta ($7) Bread: Fresh ciabatta from the very familiar Village Baking Co. Toppings: House-smo ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    This Week in Rangers Spring Training: Wash, JD and Nolan on Yu. Then, The Main Darvish.

    All week it's been leading up to this: Yu Darvish's first spring training press conference, held today, wherein we discover what the newest Texas Ranger loves about the U.S. and Nolan Ryan and Greg Maddux. Straight outta Surprise, the Rangers have actually been sending video dispatches all week for ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Hope Springs Eternal as Yu Darvish Makes His Bow at the Ballpark in Arlington

    Late into the evening yesterday, the sun was sinking over Arlington, but it was still warm out -- 77 degrees, far more spring than winter, perfect first-pitch weather. And the Ballpark in Arlington was open too, of course, to introduce the score of the off-season: Yu Darvish, the 6-foot-5 would-be a ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    You Can Always Get What Yu Wants: Texas Rangers and Darvish Agree to Six-Year Deal

    ​With a 4 p.m. deadline on the horizon, T.R. Sullivan wasn't hopeful at daybreak: "The word Wednesday morning was that the Rangers' optimism has waned a bit." Sources have been saying in recent days that Japanese pitching sensation and magazine cover boy Yu Darvish wanted a five-year deal, the Tex ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    If Signing Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder Are Mutually Exclusive, The Texas Rangers Might Be Better Off If Darvish Returns to Japan

    As Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline nears in the negotiations between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, the most significant hang-up is reportedly the 25-year-old's request for a five-year contract and the team's preference for a six-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Understandably, Dar ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    If You See Yu Darvish 'Round Town, Be Cool

    ​Reports out of Japan this morning had Yu Darvish visiting Arlington today -- why, they do not say. ESPN Dallas's Richard Durrett reports the pitcher and his pops and their peeps are here "to take a look at the area and get a better sense of the Texas Rangers organization." But, don't get excited: ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Are Yu Kidding Me? The Texas Rangers Are About to Open the Bank Vault For Darvish.

    ​In winning the well-publicized bidding for Yu Darvish shortly after 10 Monday night, the Texas Rangers have positioned themselves to sign the famous Japanese hurler to one of the riskiest contracts in baseball history. And unless the 25-year-old right-hander immediately establishes himself among ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Exploring Texas Rangers' Options as Wheelin' and Dealin' Begins at Hilton Anatole

    Photo by Sam MertenThe scene yesterday afternoon in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.​Likely bracing for the departure of free-agent hurler C.J. Wilson, the Texas Rangers have already inked former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and announced Neftali Feli ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Breaking Down the Texas Rangers Offseason Plans in the Wake of Coming So Close

    Photos courtesy Texas RangersNo need to place all of the blame on Nellie. There are plenty of other folks at fault for losing the World Series.​No matter how hard you try to find a scapegoat, the story of the 2011 World Series doesn't have a chapter about its version of Bill Buckner, nor shoul ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Final Gut Check: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 7 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsTrying to forget this happened won't be easy for Texas, but they have to find a way if they want to salvage the championship.​As I've written before, I fell in love with the game of baseball in 1986 -- the first year I watched every inning of the World Series. Although I ha ... More >>

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    October 22, 2011

    Stealing the Mojo: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersIan Kinsler completes the best defensive play I've seen in my 25 years watching the Fall Classic -- a diving stop by Elvis Andrus and flip to Kinsler with his glove to end the fifth inning of Game 2. Just spectacular athleticism displayed by Andrus.​If you've read my piece about S ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Refusing to Let Championship Dreams Wash Away: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas Rangers​Sometimes the worst managerial moves are the ones that weren't made, but the focus tends to be on the ones that were. The vast majority of media and fans across the country agree that Tony La Russa out-managed Ron Washington in Game 1 of the World Series last night, which is har ... More >>