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Texas pushes Darvish back a day because of rain

July 4, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish may be eligible to pitch in the All-Star game if selected after having his start pushed back one day when rain delayed the start of Thursday’s game against the Orioles.

With the threat of more rain after a nearly one-hour delay, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to use reliever Scott Baker against Baltimore and save the Japanese pitcher until Friday when Texas takes on the Mets in New York.

Darvish (8-4) now isn’t expected to pitch on the Sunday before the All-Star break.

Baker started against Baltimore left-hander Chen Wei-yin. In two previous starts this season, Baker went 0-1 with 6.00 ERA — allowing eight runs in 12 innings. In 177 games over nine years, Baker has made 164 starts.

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