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PEORIA, Ariz. Saying Yu Darvish jersey cheap is “poised to have a great year,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister named him the team’s opening day starter Saturday.

Darvish will face Cleveland on April 3. He will become the Rangers ninth different opening day starter since 2009. No other MLB club has used more than eight in that time.

The announcement has been coming all spring. The Rangers set up their pitching schedule to put Darvish on the path to making the start. It has been coming perhaps longer than that, waylaid by a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow suffered during his first spring start in 2015. It forced him to miss the entire season.

“We feel that he is in a great place,” Banister said. “We have one of the best pitchers in all 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 who wants to be the best pitcher on the planet.”

Darvish, who started the season opener in Japan five times from 2007 to ’11 while with Hokkaido, was unavailable for comment after the announcement Saturday but is expected to discuss it Sunday.

Banister did not reveal the rest of the rotation, but Cole Hamels jersey cheap is expected to pitch second, with Martin Perez jersey cheap likely to follow him. The Rangers are still debating using a four or five man rotation through the first two weeks of the season but appear to be leaning toward the former.

With Andrew Cashner jersey cheap still working his way back from biceps tendinitis and two off days in the first 10 days of the season, the Rangers can use their first two starters three times April 3 14, all on the usual four days’ rest.

The Rangers have been leaning in this direction all winter. The team went 8 2 in Darvish’s last 10 starts of 2016, during which he compiled a 3.48 ERA and held hitters to a .212 batting average. He struck out 78 and walked 19 while averaging 61/3 innings per start. Hamels had a rougher time down the stretch.

“Yu finished the season throwing 97 mph fastballs with great movement, and the determination, Wholesale Jerseys
he was just driven,” Banister said. “We talked with him at the end of the year about being process driven. It was clear immediately this spring to us. We feel fortunate that we have a 1A and a 1B.”

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently expressed his desire for the league to expand from 30 teams to 32, matching the number of teams in the NFL, after the year 2020.

Fox Sports compiled a list of the cities most deserving of an MLB expansion franchise when the league does decide to expand, and Austin was near the top of the list. In fact, Austin was the only team in the United States on the list. Here’s what columnist Jon Morosi said about the city’s possible appeal for an MLB team:

Austin is a haven for tech firms and startups and, consequently, the Millennials whom MLB wants to capture through its marketing efforts. with double digit population growth since the 2010 census, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, with one estimate projecting 2.6 million people will live in the metro area by 2025.

Morosi also cited the fact that there would be no other major sports team to compete with in the city, although the University of Texas does garner a lot of attention in the state’s capital.

In response to the list released by Fox Sports, the Austin Business Journal released a study outlining the reasons why Austin isn’t economically ready for a pro sports franchise. Here’s some of the highlights from their findings:

“In the ACBJ study, data journalist G. Scott Thomas used a metric called “total personal income,” which is the amount of money that residents earn in a year, to create an overall capacity score for sports spending. That score, from zero at the low end to 100 at the high end, measured the economic capacity a given area has to support a team in one of North America’s five major sports leagues.

However, the study did find that Austin has the economic capacity to support teams in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, with capacity scores of 100 for each. But when it comes to the MLB, Austin only has a capacity score of 56, “inadequate” to support a team, according to the study.”

Whether or not the city is ready for a franchise right now could be a moot point, though, because MLB still has to resolve stadium issues in Tampa Bay and Oakland before they can Wholesale MLB Jerseys
think about adding any more teams. Who knows what Austin, one of the fastest growing cities in America, will look like in 8 10 years?

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Columnist Rick Gosselin recently held a chat to talk all things D FW sports. Here are some highlights:

Question: What do you think happens at linebacker now that Rolando McClain jersey cheap is suspended for 10 games?

Gosselin: I’d say [Anthony] Hitchens gets first crack. He’s started there before in McClain’s absence. He is less likely to make a mistake than a Young jersey cheaper, maybe even a more talented, player. Young jersey cheap players make mistakes that get you beaten. With a defensive front that is missing three of hits seven best players in September, this team cannot afford to make any mistakes on that side of the ball. It’s going to be difficult enough for Romo and the offense to carry this team without Santa Claus passing out gifts over on the defensive side of the ball.

Question: Why should the Cowboys even keep McClain with his suspension? I read that he always plays himself into shape during the year. That means after 10 games off he’s going to take what I’m Wholesale Jerseys
guessing as at least 3 4 games to get back into top shape which means he’s good for TWO games. Why does Jerry Jones jersey cheap back this guy????

Gosselin: I wouldn’t have brought him back in 2016 even before the suspension. He’s an impact player who doesn’t like to practice. How many times have we seen him leave games with an injury. Is it because he’s not in game shape? I don’t buy that he plays himself into shape during the course of a season. It’s your job. Be a professional. The most important part of ability is availability and this guy has not been available enough to justify the money they pay him or the commitment they are making to him.

Question: Are there any DEs on the squad that may be better than Hardy, Lawrence, Gregory or Mincey who may not have played for financial reasons?

Gosselin: Not in the short term. I was disappointed we saw so little of Ryan Russell last season. I think he can become a quality player. And the coaching staff is high on Mayowa. But, again, to expect either one of those guys to go out and become a 10 sack pass rusher in 2016 would be a big time reach.

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Sports EmmysThey did more than hand Verne Lundquist the lifetime achievement award at the 37th annual Sports Emmys this week in New York. They handed out awards for work done in 2015. It was his 27th Emmy. NBC hockey voice Mike Emrick won his third consecutive for play by play. Bill Raftery won for game analyst. He called college basketball for CBS, Turner and Fox Sports 1. Yes, all three count Raftery in their individual total of winners.

Live sports series: Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Live sports special: Super Bowl 50 (CBS)

Weekly studio show: College (football) GameDay (ESPN)

Daily studio show: MLB Tonight (MLB Network)

Sports journalism: Real Sports (HBO)

Studio analyst: Billy Ripken (MLB Network)

Reporter: Ken Rosenthal (Fox)

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Mike Tirico, via conference call this week, said the opportunity to work the Olympics was “top of the list” in his decision to leave ESPN for NBC. He also hinted that he would have a role in NBC’s NFL coverage. That will happen but has not been announced yet. Said Tirico: “I looked at what I do for the other sports that I had involvement with at ESPN and absolutely loved those responsibilities. But then I looked at the level of events that NBC was offering. They were all championship level events, the biggest events in those sports.”

The WNBA’s Dallas Wings will have home games delivered on Fox Sports Southwest or KTXD (Channel 47) with veteran NBA voice Ron Thulin calling play by play alongside Raegan Pebley, TCU women’s basketball coach. ESPN2 is down for three games, and NBATV has seven games scheduled.

Overnight ratings for the decisive Game 6 of the Thunder’s victory over the Spurs jersey cheap on ESPN: Oklahoma City 23.2, San Antonio 18.8, Dallas Fort Worth 5.1 (10th in the nation).