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April 04, 2012

Wrapping up Yu Darvish's final spring start, as Rangers pull away for 6-1 victory over Frisco

Yu Darvish threw four scoreless innings in his final start before the regular season, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young each drove in a run and the Texas Rangers went on to a 6-1 victory over Double A affiliate Frisco on Wednesday afternoon at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Darvish allowed two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a 59-pitch outing, his last before he makes his major league debut on Monday against Seattle.

Darvish said he feels good about his spring, and is ready for his first start. Manager Ron Washington is just as satisfied with his No. 4 starter.

"Outstanding, he had good stuff today," Washington said. "His two-seamer was running well, and he did a real good job."

Darvish wasn't the only pitcher who looked sharp, either. Koji Uehara had a scoreless inning with two strikeouts, and Mark Lowe and Scott Feldman worked scoreless innings, as well.

Uehara has pitched better of late, and getting out of the dry Arizona air helps his split-fingered fastball. In Arizona, Uehara said it didn't split as much as it did in other climates. Pitching coach Mike Maddux understands that, and didn't put too much into the results of spring training.

"Stay with the process, don't get caught up on results," Maddux said.

Offensively, Hamilton, Young and Craig Gentry all had RBIs.

-- Drew Davison

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