When Yu Darvish pitched only one inning this spring before season-ending elbow surgery, the Texas Rangers were already off to an ominous start. The Rangers lost their ace even before what they are still hoping will be a comeback season. The aching result for the Rangers was the American League’s worst record (67-95) and their most losses since 1985, ending an impressive four-year run of 90-win seasons with their only two World Series appearances (2010-11). As for the top of the rotation without him, the January trade to get local pitcher Yovani Gallardo proved even more important.
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