Masahiro Tanaka is the most sought-after Japanese pitching export since Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, which makes the bidding war to sign him one of the offseason's most intriguing storylines. With so few top pitchers on the open market,...Show More Summary
The Chicago White Sox have taken what they hope will be a huge step forward to getting back on track after a dismal 2013 season by signing high-profile Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu to a record-setting contract. According to Ken Rosenthal...Show More Summary
Like Yu Darvish and Hyun-jin Ryu before him, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is a coveted ace from the Far East who's expected to make the leap to Major League Baseball through the posting system. Sources tell George A. King III of the New York Post that the New York Yankees will be among the most serious bidders. Well, duh. Show More Summary
Don't look now, but there may be another Yu Darvish on the way to MLB. Masahiro Tanaka is a 24-year old right-handed pitcher who plays for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. He's gone 20-0 this year with a 1.24 ERA and 155 strikeouts. Show More Summary
(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Show More Summary
Yu Darvish was in complete control of the Minnesota Twins through six innings Friday night, and this GIF of his filthy curveball in the fifth inning exemplifies it perfectly. Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe saw an 80 mph slider and...Show More Summary
You might think this clip came straight out of a Gas-House Gorillas-Tea Totallers game, but it only looks like a cartoon. Yu Darvish so thoroughly confounded Trevor Plouffe with this lazy curveball that he began his swing on Thursday. Read more...
Is Masahiro Tanaka the Next Daisuke Matsuzaka or Yu Darvish?
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has five 14-strikeout games this season. The rest of Major League Baseball — all of it — combines for three 14-strikeout games. On Monday afternoon, [...]
Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish already has a dazzling array of pitches. That’s why he’s had a tremendous season, leading the American League in strikeouts (207) and posting a 2.64 ERA. So could you just imagine how much more difficult he would be to face if, say, he threw both right-handed and left-handed? What’s that? [...]
On April 2nd of this season, Yu Darvish was one out away from pitching a perfect game against the Houston Astros before giving up a single to Marwin Gonzalez with two outs in the ninth. On August 12th of this season, it was nearly déjà vu all over again. During an afternoon game against the [...]
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game headed into the sixth inning against the Astros. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Darvish pitched a low breaking ball to Houston's Jonathan Villar. Both Darvish and his catcher, A.J. Show More Summary
Yu Darvish has taken Major League Baseball storm in his second season. At this point, he has arguably become the most dominant pitcher in baseball. The Japanese import has only been pitching since 2012, but during that time he has made...Show More Summary
Back in early April, Yu Darvish nearly threw a no-hitter against the Astros. Considering what we now know about both Yu Darvish and the Houston Astros, that contest was hardly a fair fight. Fast-forward to... today, when Darvish retired the first 17 Astros he faced. Show More Summary
Yu Darvish was working on a perfect game in the sixth inning against the Astros today when he appeared to get an inning-ending strikeout. Both Darvish and catcher A.J. Pierzynski started heading towards the dugout. The ump saw the pitch...Show More Summary
Yu Darvish had retired the first 17 batters he faced (that's like a 1-2-3 inning against non-Astros teams!). He got what he thought was strike three against Jonathan Villar to end the sixth, but home plate ump Ron Kulpa didn't see it that way. Read more...
Rangers righty might be the best chance left to strike 20 or more batters out in a game and even he faces the specter of pitch counts.
Yu Darvish entered Thursday’s action with an MLB-leading 172 strikeouts, and he padded that lead by equaling his season-high in strikeouts as he picked apart the Arizona Diamondbacks’ line-up. Davish pitched seven solid innings, allowing just five hits, no walks and no earned runs against while striking out 14 during the Rangers’ 7-1 victory. With [...]
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish has been racking up strikeouts this season at an impressive rate. Strike that—he's put himself up among the all-time greats in terms of whiffs. Before his start on Thursday against the Arizona...Show More Summary