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Darvish Already Looks Like Ace

Charlie Reidel/AP

As an MLB rookie last season, give him credit.

Yu done good.

And this spring here in Surprise, it’s certainly different for Mr. Darvish. Much different, and based on a variety of camp voices, different in a positive kind of way.

“Yu has better hair this spring,” said Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was maybe joking, or maybe not. Maddux, an old-school baseball man, seemed to prefer Darvish’s current shorter hairstyle, as opposed to the longer locks with the gold streaks of a year ago.

The new-look Darvish made his Cactus League debut here Tuesday afternoon against the White Sox, and it was Maddux who made one other interesting observation on the 12-month transformation of the Rangers’ prized Japanese import.

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