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September 18, 2013

Rangers' Yu Darvish aiming for 200-inning plateau

Yu Darvish passed the 200-strikeout plateau in August, but he had already achieved that feat in his brief major-league career.

The 200 that Darvish wants this season is innings pitched, and he has a chance to get there Thursday for the first time in his two seasons in the Rangers' finale at Tropicana Field.

Darvish (12-9) needs to pitch 6 1/3 innings to get to what has become the a benchmark figure for a starting pitcher. Even if he falls short, he will have at least one more start to get there.

“I haven’t reached that goal yet,” said Darvish, who logged 191 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2012. “As a starter, being in the rotation, I think that’s the minimum job you can do. I hope that I could get there.”

Darvish, who logged 232 innings in Japan in 2011, has gone seven innings his past two outings, suffering 1-0 defeats each time. He also missed a start in July while on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue.

-- Jeff Wilson

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