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April 07, 2013

Yu Darvish expects to make next start Friday at Seattle

Yu Darvish doesn’t believe the blister/skin issue on his right finger will force him to miss a start.

Darvish said he sees no reasons he won’t make his next scheduled start on Friday at Seattle.

Darvish, fresh off falling one out shy of a perfect game in his season debut last Tuesday, got off to a shaky start on Sunday. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but said his finger wasn’t a factor in it.

He then had three scoreless innings before allowing another run in the fifth. Darvish exited the game after five innings, as the blister/skin issue popped up again.

“As far as how it developed, I don’t really want to talk about it,” Darvish said. “But we won the game, so it went well.”

Said manager Ron Washington: “The skin came off so we just backed off him right there. All I can say is I think he’ll be fine for his next start.”

Either way, Darvish improved to 2-0 on the season by allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts over five innings.

As far as making his home debut against former teammate Josh Hamilton and the Angels, Darvish said: “It was really loud and it really motivated me but I didn’t particularly like the booing that Hamilton got from the fans.”

-- Drew Davison

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