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Washington Picks Darvish As First Playoff Starter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Yu Darvish will start the Texas Rangers' first playoff game whenever and wherever that may be.

Manager Ron Washington announced before the regular-season finale at Oakland on Wednesday. The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers went into the final tied atop the AL West with the Oakland Athletics, so Darvish would either open a best-of-five AL division series or pitch a one-game wild-card playoff.

The 26-year-old is 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 29 starts and 191 1-3 innings in his first major league season after a stellar career in Japan. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has 221 strikeouts to just 89 walks and was an All-Star.

He won his final four decisions and hasn't lost in six starts since Aug. 17.

Source: Associated Press



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