Opponents are hitting .169 off Yu Darvish but they are batting .355 against him in the first inning. Grimm has held opponents to a .261 average but .346 in the first inning.
"I do know that usually with the better pitchers in the game, you've got to get them early," manager Ron Washington said. "As they go deeper in the game, they get better. A lot of games we've gotten out of the first inning pretty clean. You hit spurts in that area just like you hit spurts in other areas."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.