That's what it was all about. The $112 million cost, the billion dollars worth of hype, and all those frequent flyer scouting miles between here and Tokyo.
The Yu Darvish investment cashed big-time Tuesday night at the Ballpark, as the "Yuuuuuuuu" calls rained down repeatedly from a festive crowd of 47,085 while the Yankees were going down rather meekly.
In his fourth start for the Rangers, the U.S. pitching education for Darvish took a sudden grade upswing, like from maybe a C-plus to a solid A-plus.
Yu worked impressively into the ninth inning, then got a quick one-pitch save from Joe Nathan to seal a 2-0 victory, the first Rangers shutout win over the Yankees since 2000.
It was an evening when the infamous Arlington jet stream was howling toward Home Run Porch and the Yankees' lineup, by far the most potent Darvish has faced so far, was stacked with six left-handed bats, all capable of denting seats in right field.
But over 81/3 innings, Darvish allowed seven hits, fanned 10, walked two, had only three outfield outs and was still throwing 95 mph in the ninth inning while approaching 120 pitches. When Nick Swisher singled to left with out one in the ninth (on Yu's 119th pitch) manager Ron Washington went to Nathan to face Raul Ibanez.