Darvish was able to get through five innings and allow just two runs despite walking six and giving up five hits. He has a 1.89 ERA in his last three games. But Washington still doesn't want Soto being designated as Darvish's personal catcher.
"This is an opportunity for Soto to get a game," Washington said. "Anything else I say leads down a path I don't want to go. Darvish's first [nine games] he was 7-1. Who had him as catcher? A.J."
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