ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish went through his usual workout on Monday after pitching five innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Darvish had to leave the game because of some stiffness in his lower back, but manager Ron Washington doesn't foresee it keeping him from starting against the Angels on Saturday. "He's fine," Washington said. "It's just a little back stiffness. He's getting treatment. He'll be fine." Darvish was also dealing with some discomfort in his stomach, but that is something that he has to deal with on occasion. The Rangers don't expect that to be a problem, either.
Darvish has won his first five home starts and is the first Rangers pitcher to accomplish that. Only three Rangers pitchers have ever won more than five home starts in a row: Ferguson Jenkins won eight in a row in 1975, Rick Honeycutt won seven straight in '83 and Kenny Rogers won six straight in 2005.