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Darvish finds pitch-tipping flaw on video

Rangers righty thinks Marlins knew when fastball was coming
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ARLINGTON -- If Yu Darvish's last start with the Rangers was his outing against the Marlins on Wednesday, there are better ways it could've gone. He gave up the most runs in his career and had his second-shortest outing in what ended up being a 22-10 rout at the hands of Miami.

As it turns out, there might've been a reason behind that. After reports surfaced on Saturday that Darvish was tipping his pitches, the right-hander confirmed that he was. 

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ARLINGTON -- If Yu Darvish's last start with the Rangers was his outing against the Marlins on Wednesday, there are better ways it could've gone. He gave up the most runs in his career and had his second-shortest outing in what ended up being a 22-10 rout at the hands of Miami.

As it turns out, there might've been a reason behind that. After reports surfaced on Saturday that Darvish was tipping his pitches, the right-hander confirmed that he was. 

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"I felt like they knew it," Darvish said. "I didn't know if I was tipping or not. I watched the video, and when I would throw a fastball, I paused. And then breaking ball was faster [in my delivery]."

He also said he wouldn't have known about the tipping if the scout that saw it hadn't told the media, and for that, he was grateful.

"It's hard to find. I don't know why the Marlins scout said that to the media," Darvish said. "Because now I can fix it."

Manager Jeff Banister agreed, saying that if the Rangers discovered something about an opponent, they wouldn't "go tell the rest of the world, right?" Banister also said that while teams have eyes on everything throughout games, sometimes things slip through.

"We scout ourselves every night. We scout the other team every night," Banister said. "The pair of eyes that are on everything going on on the field. These are things everybody looks for. ... We'd love to think everything that's possible gets seen and there are people who are charged with watching and scouting. Sometimes subtle things, in real time, get through."

On the other side of things, the Marlins denied having anything on Darvish. Marlins manager Don Mattingly chalked it up to his guys simply having a good night.

"We really didn't hit his breaking ball, we hit his fastball," Mattingly said. "I think we just had a good night. It was our night. Sometimes those nights happen, but we definitely didn't have anything."

Rangers beat

•: A pair of Rangers starting pitchers look to be back soon. A.J. Griffin was scheduled for a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, and Tyson Ross is expected to rehab with Double-A Frisco on Monday.

Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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