Rangers Yu Darvish looks strong in intrasquad scrimmage

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw 14 pitches without any discomfort during a scrimmage, his most extensive work since being shut down last August with elbow inflammation.

Darvish struck out two of the three batters he faced on Sunday as curious Rangers fans, a large Japanese media contingent and a college team from Japan watched the right-hander's every move.

Afterward, the three-time All-Star described his outing as "great," saying he was pleased with a fastball that reached 94 mph and his changeup. The Japanese star also spoke to reporters in English more than at any time in his career.

Darvish says he's trying to be more of a leader this season and that he's more comfortable than he has been since joining the Rangers in 2012.

Darvish also disputed some criticism he quit on the Rangers last season, saying "I love this ballclub. That's not true."

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