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May 06, 2013

Monday pregame Rangers notes: What is Yu Darvish's limit?

Right-hander Yu Darvish was on his way toward piling up a career-high 127 pitches Sunday against Boston, but after each inning he would walk directly to manager Ron Washington and say, "I feel good."

Darvish later would send his translator over to Washington to urge him to ignore the pitch count and let him keep going. Darvish got through seven innings, striking out 14. Washington said that Darvish wasn't going to go past Pedro Ciriaco, who Darvish struck out to end the seventh.

When asked what Darvish's pitch limit is, Washington said, "I really feel that 130 is it."

"Throughout the game he was telling me he was as strong as a bull," Washington added.

David Murphy was written into the Rangers' starting lineup for the first time this month even though he is only two days removed from feeling the full effects of a stomach bug that was running through the Murphy household.

Murphy returned to action Sunday, relieving Jeff Baker and singling in his only at-bat. Murphy is hoping more consistent playing time will get him going. He entered Monday hitting only .177, and has lost out on playing time against left-hander to Baker.

The good news for Murphy is that Scott Feldman, Monday's starter for the Cubs, is the first of three straight righties the Rangers will face the next three days.

And while he's not 100 percent healthy, he's getting closer.

"I'm not throwing up anymore," Murphy said.

-- Jeff Wilson

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