Yu Darvish gives hope to Rangers

Since the butt-kicking in Boston eight starts ago, Yu Darvish is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a pair of no decisions. He has struck out 67 and walked 15, while allowing just 35 hits in 57 1/3 innings.

Six times he has pitched at least seven innings, and twice he has gone 6 2/3.

He has been -- dare we say it -- an ace.

When the Rangers spent $51.7 million just for the opportunity to sign Darvish, then gave him a six-year $56 million deal, we figured he'd eventually be the Rangers' best pitcher. We just didn't now it would happen this fast.

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