Don't worry, the substance spotted on Yu Darvish's right hand and pants on Friday night was neither pine tar or "dirt," but rather blood from what initially appeared to be a nasty looking blister, but was later confirmed to be a gash on top of his thumb.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 12, 2014
If you're wondering how that's possible during the course of a game.
The cut on Yu Darvish's thumb was from his ring finger hitting his thumb on curveball. It's happened before.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) April 12, 2014
It sounds impossible, but apparently it's not.
Though it looked quite uncomfortable, you would have never even known it was there if not for Rangers TV catching him shaking his hand leaving the field in the fifth and then zooming in for that up close look an inning later. It certainly didn't affect his grip or concentration. In fact, after flirting with a no-hitter and perfect game on two separate occasions against the Houston Astros in 2013, Darvish was on track for a third attempt at history after retiring the 15 Astros batters in a row. A lead-off single by Matt Domínguez in the sixth broke up the bid, but Darvish carried on from there allowing only a walk over his final three innings.
If anything, it was just a minor annoyance like a paper cut would be for the rest of the us.
The only real unfortunate news for Darvish on Friday was that his performance wasn't good to earn a victory. The Texas Rangers needed 12 innings before they could scratch out a 1-0 victory on Robinson Chirinos' walkoff single.
But if you're looking for a historical angle, Darvish and four relievers combined to allow only two hits in the game, making the Rangers the first AL team to allow so few hits in 12 innings since the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 in 1962.
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