There's a chance Yu Darvish could be pitching in a major league uniform in the United States in 2012.
Regardless of whether that happens, he is the top pitcher in the world not currently under contract with an MLB team and is coming off a dominating season for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. With the NPB's regular season over, Darvish finished with a 1.44 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 36 walks in 232 innings, ranking second in the league in ERA and first in strikeouts.
Darvish made his first playoff start today, and you can watch a replay of his entire start. Darvish allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and didn't issue a walk, though the Fighters' bullpen couldn't hold the lead and Seibu came back to win 5-2. According to the televised feed, Darvish's fastball worked around 92-96 mph, though he leaned heavily on his offspeed stuff.
If you want to see for yourself what Darvish looks like without booking a trip to Japan, here's your chance.
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