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Rangers Vs. Twins: Game Tied At Two Entering Seventh

Yu Darvish exited the game with two outs in the sixth inning, struggling mightily once again to find the strikezone. Though at times he seemed squeezed, he was nonetheless incapable of adapting, missing the strikezone on 42 of his 102 pitches. The sixth inning featured a wild pitch to set up the tying run, and later a walk and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, ending his day with the bases loaded.

Robbie Ross entered to keep the game tied with a quick out, but Darvish left with the uninspiring line of nine hits, four walks, and two runs allowed (one earned) against four strikeouts. One out short of a difficult quality start.

Giving Darvish no help was the glove of Michael Young, with defensive miscues leading to both runs. In the second, Elvis Andrus misplayed a pop fly, putting runners on the corners with two outs. Darvish induced a ground ball, which Young played horribly, and then made a baffling throw to second base with plenty of time to get the hitter at first. Everyone was safe, and the Twins tied the game at one.

In the sixth with the Rangers back up 2-1, Young flailed helplessly at another ground ball, allowing the lead runner on. With Darvish's problems, he later scored, tying the game again.

The Rangers' runs have come on a Mike Napoli sac fly and a Josh Hamilton moon shot that nearly left the park. In his first start as a Ranger, Brandon Snyder has three hits.


Source: FanGraphs

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