Yu Darvish bets Rangers minor leaguers $1,000 they can’t hit a batting practice home run off of him

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Yu Darvish will be back with the Rangers eventually, but for now he’s still ramping up in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Part of that recovery is throwing batting practice.

Yesterday, Gerry Fraley reports, Darvish was throwing BP to Rangers minor-league hitters Joe Jackson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. And he made it interesting: Darvish offered a $1,000 if either of them hit a BP homer off of him. Neither hitter did.

Darvish stacked the deck, though, saying “I didn’t give them a strike.” Which I feel is something the Rangers major leaguers should take up at their next kangaroo court session, assuming ballclubs still do that. At the very least I feel like Jackson and Kiner-Falefa are entitled to a steak dinner over this.