Darvish gets Opening Day nod for Rangers

Right-hander Yu Darvish will be the Opening Day starter for theTexas Rangers, manager Jeff Banister announced Saturday. Darvish, 30, will face the Cleveland Indians on April 3 at GlobeLife Park in Arlington, Texas, becoming the ninth different OpeningDay starter for the Rangers in the past nine years.It will be the first Opening Day start for Darvish with theRangers, although he did it five times in Japan. He was named theOpening Day starter in 2014 but was sidelined by neck stiffness and started the season on the disabled list."We feel he is in a great place," Banister said from spring training in Surprise, Ariz. "We have one of the best pitchers inall of baseball opening the season for us. Physically and mentally, he's just in a tremendous position. He knows what he means to this club. You look at him and see a mentally focused and driven human being to who wants to be the best pitcher on the planet."

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