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April 09, 2012

Monday's Rangers notes: Darvish debuts tonight against Seattle

Yu Darvish will make his major league debut tonight against Seattle. That's the buzz around Rangers Ballpark, as Darvish transitions from Japan to the United States.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Darvish has done everything the team has wanted, and has made a smooth transition so far.

"We didn't control him, and he didn't control us," Washington said.

Darvish went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in four Cactus League games this spring. His last outing came on Wednesday against the Rangers' Double A affiliate, the Frisco Rough Riders.

Mike Napoli will catch Darvish's debut.

Here are other notes from Monday:

* Ron Washington isn't concerned about the slow offensive starts by Mike Napoli (1 for 7), Elvis Andrus (1 for 12) or Nelson Cruz (1 for 10). Washington believes batters need 100 big league at-bats to get settled in for the season.

* Neftali Feliz will make his first big league start on Tuesday, and Washington said that's just as important as any other start. Feliz has worked on throwing his off-speed pitches more consistently throughout the spring, and has made progress with his changeup. Ron Washington said the key to Feliz's success will be fastball command. Washington doesn't want Feliz only throwing his fastball, of course, but feels his fastball command will help his off-speed pitches.

* Washington would like to get longman Scott Feldman in a game soon, and it doesn't necessarily have to happen in a long relief situation.

-- Drew Davison


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