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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.”

Rangers have three of MLB’s 10 worst jerseys



The Texas Rangers jersey cheap recently traded for Cole Hamels jersey cheap, and in the process, inherited the remaining three years and guaranteed $81 million on his contract. The total dollar amount owed to Hamels was helped a Cheap Jerseys
little by the Philadelphia Phillies jersey cheap sending $9.5 million to the Rangers in the same deal. Josh Hamilton jersey cheap is another, but the Los Angeles Angels jersey cheap are paying nearly $65 million for him not to play in LA. The last name on the list is , who’s average salary is more than $23 million a year.

ESPN’s Dan Szymborski recently ranked the top 10 worst contracts in the MLB, and Fielder made his list. A year ago Fielder topped ESPN’s list. Now he’s down to sixth coming in just behind Seattle’s Robinson Cano jersey cheap.

“His .327/.394/.499 slash line and excellent health this season bode well, but, even with the short term concern about Fielder largely dispelled, the longer term issues remain,” Szymborski said. “Fielder remains a player on the wrong side of 30 with an ‘old player’ skill set that typically doesn’t age well, and he’s still owed $120 million after this season.”

was the highest ranked Ranger on the list coming in at No. 4 overall.

Szymborski said that Choo’s contract was, “A clear overpay for the Rangers before the 2014 season, Choo’s 2015 bounce back season is purely of the ‘meh’ variety.”

Elvis Andrus jersey cheap also made the list as the 10th man.

“I won’t lie, I thought this was a reasonable deal at the time, as Andrus had just finished an age 23 season in which he displayed continued offensive development (his 94 OPS+ was his career best) and appeared to have one of the best gloves at shortstop in the AL,” Szymborski wrote. “Instead, Andrus’ game has regressed considerably, long before age related decline should even be an issue, and that regression has been in every aspect of his game. A top SS glove with a 90 OPS+ is a good player, but a below average SS glove with an 80 OPS+ is a disappointing one. Andrus’ case isn’t hopeless and he’s making ‘only’ $15 million per year, but, with seven years remaining, this one is not looking good.”

Below are the top five Rangers on the 2015 payroll according to spotrac.2015 salary$24 million$16 million

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$15 million$14 million

Cole Hamels jersey cheapIt’s also worth noting that Yu Darvish jersey cheap ($10 million) and Derek Holland jersey cheap ($7.4 million) are both currently not on the team’s roster, but would be either in contention or close to it for the team’s top five player salaries.

Rangers jerseys will win the AL West



The Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle have teamed up this week to share items about the growing baseball rivalry between the Texas Rangers jersey cheap and Houston Astros jersey cheap. Please check back each day for new items from both newspapers about the two AL West favorites.

1. Pocket acesOver the final two months, the teams meet nine times. Expect six of those games to be started by Cole Hamels jersey cheap and a getting stronger Yu Darvish jersey cheap. And it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that, by August 1, the Rangers could have a third top tier starter (yes, it’s my Sonny Gray jersey cheap man crush showing again). The Rangers could could run No. 1 quality starters out there in all nine meetings. Houston’s Cy Young jersey cheap winning Dallas Keuchel jersey cheap can only pitch so often and is likely to be closing 650 innings over the last three years. That is a lot of wear and tear for a guy this early in his career.

2. The bullpenYes, the Rangers bullpen has gotten off to an unexpectedly rough start with a 5.22 ERA (24th in the majors), but so has the Astros (No. 26 at 6.16). The bottom line is the Rangers’ bullpen is deeper and, thus, should be fresher. With Matt Bush lurking, a healthy Luke Jackson jersey cheap and a recovered Tanner Scheppers jersey cheap the club should have strong reinforcements for a strong group. This should be one of the best bullpens in the AL. By September, there is every reason to believe the rough start will be a distant memory.

3. Strong finishersThe Rangers have three of the majors’ best offensive finishers over the last five years. Three of MLB’s top September October OPS’ since 2011 belong to Rangers: No. 3 Shin Soo Choo (.969); No. 5 Adrian Beltre jersey cheap (.958) and No. 7 Prince Fielder jersey cheap (.956). Choo should be fresher after missing a month early in the season; Beltre driven by the pursuit of that Cheap Jerseys from China
elusive ring and Fielder should be readjusted to the major league grind after struggling last September when he was coming back from missing a year.

4. The scheduleThe Rangers finish with 12 of their final 15 in Arlington, which should create a home field advantage in a tight race. The opponents are Oakland, the Angels, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay, four of which should be doing nothing but playing for the future. Houston: Nine on the road (including the last series of the season) vs. seven at home. Oh, and the Rangers play six vs. Oakland in the final 15; Houston plays seven against the Angels, who still could have a glimmer of hope.

5. The managerAt some point, Jeff Banister will find a reason to rush the field, bulge his neck veins and find reason to look like John Wayne cornering a bad guy in Rio Bravo. If the Rangers need a galvanizing moment, this will do the trick. It did last year.