Texas Rangers Announce Yu Darvish's First Regular Season Start

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMarch 29, 2012

GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 13:  Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws a pitch in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on March 13, 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Yu Darvish will pitch his first regular season game in the MLB on April 9th. The start will come against Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners at home. 

According to ESPN's Richard Durrett, Darvish will start the year as the Texas Rangers' fourth starter behind Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. Neftali Feliz rounds out the rotation.

The Rangers are hoping that his numbers from Japan translate to the MLB. Darvish held a career record of 93-38 and an ERA of 1.99 in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

So far this spring, Darvish has pitched in nine innings and has given up three runs while striking out 10 and walking seven.

His control is going to have to improve if he wants to have success at the big-league level. Darvish will also have to focus in on four or five main pitches instead of the seven he is currently showcasing in spring.

If Darvish's numbers translate then the Rangers will have the best No. 4 starter in the league.