Yu Darvish
  • Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs.

    Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Houston. Darvish pitched eight and two-thirds perfect innings before giving up a hit to Astros' Marwin Gonzalez in the Rangers' 7-0 win.
    LAST UPDATE : Apr 03, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
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  • In this Feb. 23, 2013 file photo, Japan's Ryoji Aikawa, left, is welcomed by manager Koji Yamamoto, right, and coach Osamu Higashio, second from right, after hitting a come-from-behind three-run homer against Australia in the eighth inning of their exhibition baseball game at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, western Japan. The team to beat in the third World Baseball Classic is two-time winner Japan.

    Japan will look to replace the likes of Ichiro Suzuki and Yu Darvish with a new generation of young talent as it bids to capture a third straight World Baseball Classic title.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 01, 2013, 10:17 AM EST
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