Dodgers' Darvish gets shot at redemption in Game Seven
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[November 01, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles
Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish will get the chance to make up for one of
the worst starts of his Major League Baseball career when he takes
the mound against the Houston Astros in Game Seven of the World
Series on Wednesday.
The Japanese pitcher was lifted in the second inning of Friday's
Game Three after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk as the
Dodgers fell behind 2-1 in the series.
The Dodgers battled back for a 3-1 win in Games Six on Tuesday that
tied the series and has given Darvish his chance.
"We have really good people in this clubhouse and I really
appreciate my team mates supporting me," the soft-spoken 31-year-old
told reporters on Tuesday.
Darvish's awful Game Three was compounded by a racist gesture made
by Houston's Yuli Gurriel.
After hitting a home run off Darvish to put the Astros ahead the
33-year-old Cuban was caught on camera using his hands to make a
slanted-eye gesture while in the dugout.
Major League Baseball opted not to suspend Gurriel for any of the
remaining World Series games and will instead ban him for five games
at the start of next season.
Gurriel was booed by Dodgers fans every time he came to bat on
Tuesday but Darvish said he had moved on.
"I wasn't that frustrated when I saw it the first time," Darvish
"And then after the game he contacted us and said, 'Hey, I'd like to
meet you in person and apologize,' but I told him, 'Hey, you don't
have to do that, because you made a comment, and, like, I'm not that
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Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish (21) before game five of the 2017 World
Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory
Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
"So like I really didn't care much about that," he said.
While pitchers on both teams have complained about baseballs that
are "slicker" to the touch, making it hard to get a good grip on the
ball, Darvish said he did not know the reason why he could not get
his slider working in Game Three.
"And after the game I came back and I realized that my slider, I
couldn't finish my pitches. I couldn't get that final touch. And
then it just didn't make sense," he said.
"I really didn't know if it was my physical thing and mechanical
adjustment that I had to make or the ball. I can't really say. And I
just need to learn from it and go to tomorrow night."
Darvish said he used the game ball during his most recent bullpen
practice session and his slider was showing improvement
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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