Darvish, Hanson impress in intrasquad game

Darvish, Hanson impress in intrasquad game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Yu Darvish and Tommy Hanson both pitched one scoreless inning for "Team Bogar" in the Rangers' intrasquad game Monday afternoon on the Nolan Ryan Field. "Team Buechele" prevailed in the affair with a 7-4 victory over 6 1/2 innings.

The game was all about the pitching and Darvish faced four batters in the first inning while throwing 13 pitches. He struck out one, and the only batter who reached base did so when Darvish dropped a throw at first base. Darvish had no flare-up of the back issues he felt at the end of last season.

"It has been awhile since I have been in game situations so I felt a little awkward," Darvish said. "But I'll get used to it little by little. I felt no pain or discomfort."

Hanson, who was signed just before camp opened and has been impressing people since he got here, faced three batters and struck out two.

"The command was good, I felt really good and I threw all of my pitches for strikes," Hanson said. "It was a good first one."

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.