PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pity poor John Baker, three days removed from a debilitating virus that kept him from the Padres' Spring Training facility and sapped him of his energy, leaving him to sleep 19 hours one night.

Pity poor John Baker, the Padres' starting catcher on Wednesday, because in his first game action of the spring -- merely looking to get his timing down against the Rangers -- he was instead left feeling every bit as overwhelmed as when the virus found him last weekend.

"I saw five different pitches in my at-bat ... that's something you don't usually see," Baker said. "I got a sinker, a cutter, a curveball and a [split-finger fastball]. You don't usually see that right off the bat for your first at-bat of Spring Training.

"That was kind of like getting thrown into the fire."

Baker was actually the last batter Yu Darvish -- the Japanese hurler who signed a six-year, \$56 million deal in January -- faced in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over the Padres. Baker's strikeout was one of three that Darvish accumulated during two scoreless innings that saw him allow two hits.

"You look for things from guys: velocity, command, movement ... he showed all of those," Baker said. "I was impressed. It's tough to live up to the hype coming into something like this but at the same time, I feel like he is a front-of-the-line Major League starter."

That certainly remains to be seen, though the sentiment Wednesday -- from friend and foe alike -- was that Darvish has some very good things going for him if small samples sizes are any indication of, well, anything.

"He's good, man," said Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson, who doubled to right field in the first inning off Darvish. "That dude is big [6-foot-5], so you knew his fastball would be live. Good stuff, great poise. He knows what he's doing. That's a great thing."

The Padres stressed Darvish a little as Hudson doubled with one out in the first inning but was left on second base after Jesus Guzman lined out to center field and Carlos Quentin missed on a curveball for an inning-ending strikeout.

Will Venable then led off the second inning by getting deep into a 92-mph fastball, sending it about 30 feet up the center-field wall that's located 410 feet from home plate. Afterward, in his interview with many of the 150 or so members of the media, Darvish implied that he didn't think Venable hit the ball that well.