ANAHEIM -- Yu Darvish abruptly ended his routine between-starts session with the media before Tuesday night's game against the Angels when the right-hander was asked about a brace on his right knee as he leaned against a wall outside the visitors' clubhouse at Angel Stadium. "I wouldn't have thrown a bullpen [session] if anything was wrong," Darvish said through an interpreter, making a quick left turn into the clubhouse. Darvish, who is scheduled to face Zack Greinke in Thursday night's series finale against the Angels, is 15-9 with a 4.02 ERA in 27 starts. He has 205 strikeouts while issuing 87 walks in 176 2/3 innings, holding opponents to a .218 batting average.
Darvish has not cut down on his wide variety of pitches in recent starts, he said, in response to a question. "I don't think I've decreased or limited any of my pitches," Darvish said. "To people watching, it might look like I'm changing, but I haven't changed my repertoire." His remaining assignments will be against American League West opponents with whom he has become familiar. He seems to think that can work to his advantage. "I'm going out and pitching the way I can, as always," Darvish said. "Personally, facing teams and getting to know their hitters makes me feel very good." He was noncommittal about how the Rangers -- in first place for all but two days this season -- measure up to his expectations before making the move from Japan. "It comes down to the end of the year," Darvish said."If we win the World Series, then you can say [how good the team is]. We're striving for that. I won't have much to say about it until the end of the season."