The Rangers hadn’t lost with Yu Darvish on the mound this season, but the Indians dropped them 4-2 on Sunday, with Darvish taking his first defeat.
Darvish struggled with his command early, but he pitched out of jams after giving up a single and a walk to start the first and a walk to start the second. He couldn’t do the same in the third. After Johnny Damon singled and Jason Kipnis walked, Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a two-run double. The Indians picked up a third run in the inning on what was ruled an infield single and an error on shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Darvsh bounced back to pitch a perfect fourth, but he gave up a homer in the fifth. He ended up allowing four runs — three earned — in six innings. He set a new high in the game with 11 strikeouts, giving him 30 K’s in his last three appearances.
Kipnis hit the homer in the fifth, making him the second major leaguer to homer off Darvish. Edwin Encarnacion was the first.
Darvish, the AL Rookie of the Month for April, is 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA through six starts.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”