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September 09, 2013

Yu Darvish exits with "cramping in right leg"

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish left his start tonight after experiencing cramping in his right leg. The Rangers don't consider it serious, and he is expected to make his next start.

Darvish needed only 81 pitches to get through seven innings against the Pirates, which is the lowest pitch total he's had this season.

He allowed one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Darvish had thrown six scoreless innings to start the game, and hadn't allowed a base runner past first until Marlon Byrd's two-out double in the seventh. Pedro Alvarez followed with a double to produce the game's only run to that point.

Darvish, 27, had a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this season with a right trapezius muscle strain.

The cramping was considered an injury, which is why Tanner Scheppers was given more pitches to warm-up prior to the eighth inning.

-- Drew Davison

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