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April 24, 2012

Yankees impressed by Yu Darvish's performance

New York Yankees sluggers Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano understand the hype surrounding Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish. How couldn’t they after Tuesday?

Darvish shut the Yankees down for 8 1/3 innings, leading the Rangers to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night. Darvish worked out of jams, used all of his pitches and kept the Yankees off balance.

“You hear a lot of guys get hyped and he was everything that you’d heard,” said Teixeira, who went 0 for 4. “I can’t say enough. He pitched really well tonight.”

Added Cano, who went 2 for 4: “When you give a guy that kind of money and bring him here from another country that tells you he’s good. You’ve got to give the guy credit with the way he pitched today.”

Darvish turned in his best start of the season, striking out 10 – the most by a Rangers pitcher this season.

New York manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees struggled most with Darvish’s slow curveball. Cano said he doesn’t know of any other major league pitcher who uses as many pitches effectively as Darvish. Teixeira offered similar praise, saying Darvish didn’t make mistakes over the plate when he did unleash a bad pitch.

“We had a game plan – make him throw strikes,” Teixeira said. “He definitely did that. If you tried to patient, you’re down 0-1 or 0-2. If you try to be aggressive, every pitch started around the zone and moved out of the zone. ... He pitched great tonight.”

Teixeira was also asked if he remembers any pitchers who compared to Darvish when he was with the Rangers from 2003-07.

“Kenny Rogers was the closest thing we had to an ace, and I loved playing behind Kenny,” said Teixeira, who was teammates with Rogers in 2004-05. “Kenny worked fast and threw strikes. But Kenny and Yu Darvish have a little bit different stuff.”

-- Drew Davison

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