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April 28, 2012

Saturday's Rangers notes: Yu Darvish talks about his upcoming Toronto start; Harrison on tipping pitches

Yu Darvish is coming off his most impressive start, throwing 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the New York Yankees. He is scheduled to fly to Toronto on Sunday, ahead of the team, for his start Monday against the Blue Jays.

Darvish said he won't take anything away from his start against New York.

"That's over and done with," Darvish said through a translator. "The only thing I'm concentrating on is pitching well in my next start and keeping the team in the game.

"It’s something going to be different each time out -- different stadium, different climate, totally different hitters. The umpires might have different strikezone, so I think each outing is going to be a little bit different where I’ll have to recognize and adjust."

Here are other notes from Saturday:

* Matt Harrison thought he might have tipped his pitches against Tampa Bay on Friday, but didn't see anything in particular when he re-watched the game tape. Harrison thought it might have had something to do with squeezing his glove tighter before throwing an off-speed pitch, but wasn't sure if that was the case. As Harrison said, it might have been one of those nights where the Rays were swinging the bats well and he wasn't on top of his game.

* Manager Ron Washington isn't concerned with the high strikeout totals of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli. Those are the type of hitters Cruz and Napoli are, Washington said, and it will all even out by the end of the season.

* Neftali Feliz is available out of the bullpen tonight. It's his last night of availability, as he's scheduled to start Tuesday at Toronto. Scott Feldman is available, too.

-- Drew Davison


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