Darvish excited for Rangers' special night

Darvish excited for Rangers' special night

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish will be on the mound for the Rangers on Tuesday night when they host Japan America Friendship Night.

Several hundred participants from the 2012 Japan-America Grassroots Summit are expected to be in attendance for the event, which has been organized by the Rangers with the assistance of several local Japanese organizations, including the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth.

"It's going to be good," Darvish said. "I'm hoping we can do something like this once a year."

A 16-member youth baseball team from Ishinomaki, Japan, will be at the game. They are from a city that was significantly damaged during the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.The Ishinomaki team will also participate in a variety of other educational activities and will play four games against Jr. RBI teams from Arlington and Dallas during their weeklong stay in North Texas.

Special guests at Tuesday's game will include Ichiro Fujisaki, who is Japan's ambassador to the United States, and former United States Ambassador to Japan Tom Schieffer, the former Rangers club president who is also the chairman of the 2012 Japan-America Grassroots Summit Steering Committee. They will be part of a pregame ceremony in which the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will present a $75,000 check to the Ishinomaki baseball team.