GIF: Yu Darvish Strikes Out Carlos Quentin | Sharapova's Thigh

GIF: Yu Darvish Strikes Out Carlos Quentin

Posted by Matt Clapp | 3/07/2012 03:17:00 PM

25-year-old Japanese phenom Yu Darvish made his MLB (Spring Training) debut today for the Texas Rangers. The 6'5" right-hander was very impressive, tossing two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres.

Here's more on Darvish's debut, from USA Today's terrific baseball writer, Bob Nightengale:
Darvish struck out three batters in two shutout innings, allowing two hits - doubles by veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson and right fielder Will Venable. Darvish, pitching out of the stretch the entire time, threw 26 of his 36 pitches for strikes. He mixed in an array of fastballs, sliders and changeups, keeping the Padres off-balance. 
Certainly, Darvish did not show the least sign of nervousness, even with 200 fans surrounding the bullpen to simply watch his warm-up pitches. He may be considered Japan's last great hope for pitching success in the Major Leagues, but he treated it just like any other pitcher making his spring debut.
Darvish induced nine swings and misses and threw six different pitches with a fastball clocked at 91 to 95 mph.
Probably Darvish's most impressive pitch of the game came on a slider to the Padres' Carlos Quentin (who spent the last four years with the White Sox, with two All-Star appearances) which ended Darvish's first inning of MLB (again, Spring Training) work.

Here's a GIF of the strikeout pitch, via Baseball Time In Arlington:


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