Reporting from Peoria, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish pitched two scoreless innings on Wednesday in his first game for the Texas Rangers, holding the San Diego Padres to two hits and striking out three.
"I was happy I was able to pitch," Darvish said.
Darvish was a man of few words during the news conference that followed his 36-pitch appearance.
He fidgeted with his thumbs. He looked around. He spoke softly.
Orlando Hudson was the first player to get a hit off Darvish, a double to right in the first inning.
Hudson said he was surprised by Darvish's height -- the 25 year old stands 6-foot-5.
"When I got to the plate, I was like, 'Damn, who the hell is this?'" Hudson said.
Will Venable also doubled an inning later. Venable reached third base but never scored as Darvish reached high to snag a comebacker and threw him out at the plate.