Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that Yu Darvish would be the starting pitcher in the team's first playoff game. (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will be the starting pitcher for the Rangers in their first playoff game, according to an AP report. Texas clinched a playoff berth on Sunday night with an 8-7 victory over the Angels. The two-time defending AL Champions go into the final game of the season tied with the A's for first in the West. Rangers manager Ron Washington announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.
"He's our big-game pitcher," Washington said. "That's something he's always been in his career."
Darvish, 26, went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in his first season in the league. He won his final four decisions of the regular season and hasn't lost since Aug. 15.