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After Two Starts, Yu Reminds Scout Of Daisuke

From the department of small sample sizes comes one AL scout's take on Yu Darvish to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (h/t Evan Grant):

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"He's going to give up a ton of hits. A lot of his fastballs are very straight. The guy is supposed to throw hard. But he basically pitched at 89 to 92, touching 93-94. That's pretty good in Japan. It's not very good here. He has a good cutter, a good curveball. But when he gets in trouble, he turns into a breaking-ball guy - nibble, nibble, he won't let it go. He reminded me of Dice-K."

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In two starts, Darvish has given up 6 earned runs and 17 hits in 11.1 innings. He's allowed 8 walks to 9 strikeouts and his ERA is 4.76.

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Is it too soon to draw conclusions? If the modern media has taught us anything, it's that it's never too soon to draw conclusions.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.