Darvish a winner in debut

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish had a feeling of calmness when he took the mound for his much-anticipated major league debut for the Texas Rangers.

Once he settled down his big right arm, and weathered a wobbly start with some help from Texas’ powerful offense, Darvish was a winner for the two-time defending American League champions in an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

"Mentally, I was very calm, but my body felt like it wanted to go and go and go," the 25-year-old right-hander said through his translator. "At the beginning of the game, my mind and my body kind of weren’t on the same page."

After giving up four runs while throwing 42 pitches in the first inning, then allowing another run in the second, Darvish (1-0) later retired 10 in a row while pitching into the sixth.

"It was pretty much a battle all night," he said. "Just knowing my offense, if I could string those zeroes together, they would answer for me."

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the third for Texas to tie the game at 5, then Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton both went deep in the fourth to give Darvish an 8-5 lead.

Ian Kinsler added a three-run blast in the eighth, his second of the season, then said after the game he has agreed to a new $75 million, five-year contract.

Darvish was Japan’s top pitcher before the Rangers committed $107 million to acquire him — his guaranteed $56 million, six-year contract and a $51 million posting fee to his former team.

"Going through warmups and everything, he felt fine," said catcher Mike Napoli, sporting a "Yu is my Homeboy" T-shirt after the game. "He got out there and was over-amped. I don’t think he was scared, he was excited to be out there."

Darvish walked leadoff hitter Chone Figgins on four pitches to start the game before striking out Dustin Ackley.

Later in the first, Darvish threw a wild pitch so hard that it ricocheted off the brick backstop right back to Napoli.

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