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Tuesday, 10th April 2012
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Yu Darvish unhappy with MLB debut for Texas Rangers

Japanese superstar baseball player Yu Darvish had a nervy debut game in the Major League as the pitcher was hit for five runs in the opening two innings for the Texas Rangers.

Darvish joined the Texan side in a record-breaking deal from the Nippon Ham Fighters and looked a sluggish version of his former self in the opening pitches against the Seattle Mariners.

With Japanese media and fans watching from the edge of their seats, Darvish was tagged for five before the Ranger's hitters turned up the pace to deliver an 11-5 win, AFP reported.

Despite praise being heaped upon the 25-year-old from Habikino, Osaka, the right-hander was critical of his performance, tweeting that he was far from satisfied with his performance.

"Horrible form, but threw tenaciously with strong spirit. Every year I struggle in my first game with my body and mind not in sync," he tweeted.

After a fan had sent him congratulations over the micro-blogging social network, Darvish responded: "Please do not congratulate me for that (>_<)".

The deal to take Darvish was worth over $110 million, with the Rangers paying a $51 million positing fee for his signature before rewarding him with a six-year $10 million a year contract.

Written by Susan Ballion