Dose of Darvish: Ace makes right adjustments

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington liked the adjustments Yu Darvish made in his last start against Cincinnati.

It wasn't a changed Darvish. Just an adjusted Yu.

Washington didn't go into specifics, but you can bet the Rangers want to see that Darvish again Saturday night against Houston. The one who pitches off his fastball and cutter and mixes in his slider and curveball and his other "12,000 pitches," as Washington likes to say. Of his 117 pitches, Darvish threw 84 fastballs and cutters against the Reds.

"He just has to keep mixing it," Washington said. "How many he times he uses his fastball, he'll determine that. We just can't say, 'Hey, go out there and use your fastball 65 percent of the time.' I don't think he'll be on the mound calculating 65 percent of the time. He'll determine how much he uses his fastball.

"Yes, we'd like to see him use his fastball, but we can't put a number on it."

Darvish was pleased with the results against Cincinnati -- he had 6⅔ scoreless innings -- but believes it's more of the same of what he's offered since the end of last season. He pitched the best game of his career on April 2 in Houston, when he came within an out of throwing a perfect game.

"Since I started to pitch really well at the end of last season, it carried over to this year," Darvish said. "So far, I haven't been hurt and I'm healthy. Overall, I think it's really good."