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Twirling Darvish

The first time Yu Darvis came within an out of a perfect game was last year on April 1. It was quite the April Fools’ Day for him, holding the Astros hitless until Marwin Gonzalez sent a single up the middle. In that game his teammates had no defensive miscues. Rougned Odor had a pivotal game himself. He knocked in his first hit in the major leagues, a line shot to right. Mike Napoli received the ball from Shane Victorino and gave it to Odor as a souvenir. Odor also had his first schlemiel moment in the seventh inning. He was in the shift against David Ortiz and backed up to catch the batter’s short fly ball. The rookie was caught between diving and pulling off of the catch with Alex Rios lurking nearby. Rios was charged with the error, oddly enough. Darvish the schlimazel had his perfect game broken up. With two down in the ninth Darvish was victimized by Ortiz again. Again Ortiz defied the shift with a grounder that slipped by Elvis Andrus and Odor before it skipped to Rios. It was nice of Darvish to give Texas fans a few hours to pretend they found baseball...

Got Yu Under My Skin

It is much too early ordain Yu Darvish as the next Pedro, but it is tempting to do so. For his first five years Martinez didn’t crack 5.0 WAR but then in 1997 transformed into “vintage Pedro.” I’m thankful this man is not in the AL East. Like Felix Hernandez he can build up his Hall of Fame resume against the AL West… until we trade for him like we did Pedro. I’m not quite sure why these fans are holding up katakana signs that say “da.” It is the first character in Darvish’s surname: ダルビッシュ. This transliterates as da ru bi [glottal stop] shu. If they were scoring his strikeouts they could just use Ks because that is used in Japan, too. If they wanted to save a sign with each whiff they should have used 三振, shich is pronounced “sanshin.” It was an all-around poor sports showing for Beantown this weekend. The Celtics started it by losing Game 6 on Friday, the Bruins lost 4-2 to the Maple Leafs on Saturday, and the Red Sox were swept. It could have been worse. At least Red Sox fans aren’t feeling the pain Theon Greyjoy was… yet. Game 31: May...

The Trouble with Doubles

The Red Sox overcame their recent wretched performance against the worst team in the AL Central and defeated the best team in the AL West. For reals, stop staring at me as if I were crazy. Seriously, Boston totally demolished the Rangers. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a combined eight doubles, with seven of them coming off rookie sensation Yu Darvish. Fine, don’t believe me. I guess you won’t believe that Aaron Cook kept one of the most potent offenses in the majors to a single run and struck out Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli while doing so. Game 110: August 6, 2012 Texas Rangers63-45 2 L: Yu Darvish (11-8)2B: Michael Young (18), Nelson Cruz – 2 (29)HR: Adrian Beltre (19) Boston Red Sox55-55 9 W: Aaron Cook (3-5) 2B: Dustin Pedroia – 3 (22), Jacoby Ellsbury – 2 (10), Carl Crawford – 2 (4), Adrian Gonzalez (30)...


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