ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish let out a good yell and pumped both fists before catcher Chris Gimenez greeted him in front of the mound.
The Texas ace wasn’t necessarily celebrating his first complete game in the major leagues. His battery mate says he does that all the time.
“He just kind of looked at me and goes, ‘Yeah!’ That’s what I said back to him,” Gimenez said. “He likes going ‘Yes!’ all the time. We kind of goof around with each other about it.”
This was their best reason yet to have a little fun.
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Darvish struck out 10 in his six-hitter, Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double and the Rangers beat Miami 6-0 Wednesday night.
Darvish (7-2) struck out the side in the eighth to end a streak of one base runner in each of the first seven innings for the Marlins.
The Japanese right-hander wrapped up his 73rd career start by getting Garrett Jones to swing at a pitch in the dirt. Gimenez had to finish it off with a throw to first.
• The St. Louis Cardinals are optimistic that the discomfort in ace Adam Wainwright’s right elbow is not a serious problem.
Wainwright returned to St. Louis on Wednesday for tests. The right-hander became the NL’s first nine-game winner on Tuesday night by pitching seven innings in a 1-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Before Wednesday night’s game against the Rays, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that everything the team had heard so far about Wainwright’s elbow “has been positive.”
• The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed starter Francisco Liriano on the disabled list because of a strained left oblique, a day after he left a start in the fourth inning when he felt discomfort while throwing a pitch.