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Yu Darvish thanks Rangers fans with full-page newspaper ad

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Yu Darvish is no longer a Ranger as he was traded to the Dodgers ahead of Monday’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline. The Rangers received prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, and Brendon Davis for the right-hander.

Darvish, soon 31 years old, signed a six-year, $56 million contract with the Rangers in January 2012. Over parts of five seasons, he won 52 games with a 3.42 ERA as well as 960 strikeouts and 294 walks over 782 2/3 innings. He had one good start in the playoffs (the 2012 AL Wild Card game against the Orioles) and one bad start (Game 2 of the 2016 ALDS against the Blue Jays).

Darvish thanked Rangers fans for supporting him in his tenure in Texas with a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News. He wrote:

Thank you very much for the past 5.5 years since 2012.

Coming from Japan, I could not have adjusted to the new environment if it weren’t for all the courteous fans, teammates, team staff and all affiliates who supported me. It is my biggest regret that I gave up 10 runs in my last outing as a Ranger.

There were a small number of voices that said, “Darvish only cares about strikeouts.” Although I may have had strikeouts in my mind, fans, team, teammates and team staff were always my top priority.

Thank you very much for everything!

Please take care!

Yu Darvish

Darvish is set to make his Dodgers debut on Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.