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Yu know? Rangers struggle in Darvish starts

Yu know? Rangers struggle in Darvish starts
Yu know? Rangers struggle in Darvish starts
Yu Darvish strikes out Eric Hosmer looking for the first out in the bottom of the 6th inning

KANSAS CITY — The Rangers continued their recent trend of finding ways to lose when Yu Darvish is on the mound. On Sunday, a bloop single, a walk, a hit batter and a fly ball lost in the sun led to the winning run in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Royals.

This one ended when right fielder Shin-Soo Choo dropped Lorenzo Cain‘s two-out fly ball with the bases loaded in the ninth. The Rangers have now lost nine of their last 10 with Darvish on the mound.

“Yeah that’s a tough loss in that situation,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Tough skies with a tough sun. You could see Choo was battling all the way. It one of those plays, if it gets made, everybody is happy on our side. We just didn’t complete the play.”

Darvish wasn’t on the mound in the ninth. This loss went to veteran reliever Jason Grilli in his third appearance for the Rangers.

“We battled, the whole team did,” Grilli said. “That’s baseball. As a reliever, you live and die by the sword. I felt I had good stuff,…

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