SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws from the mound during spring workouts at Surprise Stadium on February 23, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Japanese pitching phenom, Yu Darvish, makes his much anticipated debut Monday, as the Rangers face AL West Division rival, the Seattle Mariners (7:05 p.m. CT on FSS).
What will life after C.J. Wilson be for the Texas Rangers? Rangers fans will get an idea Monday, when newly-acquired and very expensive Japanese phenom Yu Darvish makes is much anticipated pitching debut against at the Seattle Mariners (7:05 p.m. ET on FSS). Texas (2-1) and Seattle (3-1) will begin a four-game, American League West Division set that will conclude in a Thursday morning matinee.
Darvish, the prospect that the Rangers paid $52 million to negotiate with and then paid $60 million for six years to sign, is expected to help the Rangers overcoming losing their best pitcher last season. Darvish, 25, will oppose Seattle's Hector Noesi after having a decent Spring Training which featured 21 strikes outs in just 15 innings of work.
On Sunday, the Rangers polished off a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox that started and ended with a Texas victory. Meanwhile, the Mariners had a day off after sweeping the Oakland Athletics in a small, two-game series on Friday and Saturday.