• Yu Darvish has allowed, uh, zero baserunners in seven innings against the Astros tonight.

    Summary of 22 articles · Updated Apr 4, 2013
    See the Astros hit that ended Yu Darvish’s bid for a perfect game. If this is the Yu Darvish they're going to be seeing this season, the Rangers will feel pretty good about making a fourth straight playoff appearance. After retiring the first 26 batters he faced in order Tuesday, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish allowed a two-out single to Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros in the ninth inning and lost his bid for the 24th perfect game in Major League history. But Darvish’s 14 strikeouts and the Astros’ 15 total Tuesday were a reminder a club that entered 2013 sacrificing pure hitting for the hope of increased power could have major holes in its offensive attack. Even if Ashby is ignorant of Darvish's linguistic agility, what he said was silly and colleague Geoff Blum even said as much in the booth at the time. Only 10 previous times had the 27th batter broken up a perfecto, the last time before Tuesday night coming infamously on June 2, 2010, when umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base that would have completed a perfect game for Armando Galarraga of Detroit. The game was over. The stands were empty.
    Source: deadspin.com
    • Teammates inspired by Darvish's near-perfect night

      Two of Yu Darvish's rotation mates said they were inspired after watching his terrific performance against the Astros on Tuesday. Matt Harrison and Derek Holland both commended Darvish for inspiring them to become better pitchers.
      Source: MLB.com
    • Corcoran: Yu Darvish joins list of pitchers to lose perfect games with one out to go

      Yu Darvish just missed becoing the 24th pitcher to throw a perfect game. Now he's on an even more exclusive list: men who lost perfectos with one out to go, writes Cliff Corcoran.
    • Limit for almost-perfect Yu was 27th batter

      Texas Rangers manager Ron Washingon was prepared to pull right-hander Yu Darvish after the 27th Houston Astros batter on Tuesday night, no matter what.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • First pitch: Astros steady lineup after Darvish’s near-perfect game

      The morning after nearly being the victim of a perfect game by Rangers righthander Yu Darvish, the Astros (1-1) will close out a three-game season-opening series against their new AL West rival with a 1:10 p.m. contest at Minute Maid Park. Ex-Rice stand…
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    • Confident Darvish breeds excitement for Rangers

      The Rangers were heartbroken after Yu Darvish was unable to complete his perfect game. But they were thrilled at the idea of seeing how the next six months unfold.
      Source: MLB.com
    • Astros foil Darvish's bid for perfection

      Yu Darvish was one out away from pitching a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez shot a clean two-out single up the middle, shocking the Minute Maid Park crowd that was on its feet in anticipation of history, in the Astros' 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Tuesd…
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    • Extra inning: Astros silenced, humbled by near-perfect Darvish

      The game was over. The stands were empty. Rangers righthander Yu Darvish was talking to the media about 14 strikeouts, one hit and 8 2/3 innings of near-perfect pitching. But Astros catcher Carlos Corporan was still holding a bat, slowly swinging throug…
      Source: chron.com
    • Darvish almost tosses perfecto in beating Astros, 7-0

      Darvish almost tosses perfecto in beating Astros, 7-0
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • We won't have to wait long for perfection

      Baseball will have to wait for 2013's first perfect game after Yu Darvish lost his in the ninth inning Tuesday. According to Tom Verducci, the wait might not be all that long.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Here's How Rangers Broadcasters Reacted To Yu Darvish Blowing His Perfect Game With A Single Out Remaining

      Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish nearly entered the record books tonight in Houston until Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle with two outs in the ninth, ruining Darvish's attempt to complete a perfect game against the Astros.Read more...
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    • First pitch: Astros’ Castro at DH, Ankiel in RF vs. Rangers

      Astros manager Bo Porter plans to experiment with the team’s designated hitter position during the second game of the season. Normal starting catcher Jason Castro is expected to hold the DH spot and bat seventh Tuesday against the Rangers at Minute Maid
      Source: chron.com
  • Alan Ashby apologizes (kind of) for Yu Darvish remark on Astros broadcast

    No matter what Houston Astros broadcaster Alan Ashby meant to say, he should have known better. Ashby issued a conditional apology Wednesday, a day after he jokingly suggested that Yu Darvish losing a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning shoul…
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    • Ashby: Comments on Darvish’s language a joke

      Astros television analyst Alan Ashby said his comments on Comcast SportsNet Houston during Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish’s near-perfect game Tuesday were made in lighthearted fashion and were not intended as a slight to the pitcher. After Astros infielder
      Source: chron.com
  • Astros coach Martinez was ready to welcome Darvish in Perfect Game club

    Astros bullpen coach Dennis Martinez, who threw the 13th perfect game in major league history, acknowledged having a bittersweet feeling when Marwin Gonzalez broke up Yu Darvish’ perfect game with a two-out single in the ninth inning Tuesday night. Mart
    Source: chron.com
  • Darvish 11th perfecto foiled by 27th batter

    Yu Darvish was the first pitcher since Detroit's Armando Galarraga in 2010 and the 11th overall to lose a bid for a perfect game with two out in the ninth.
    Source: MLB.com

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