Rangers manager Ron Washington confirmed the starting rotation Thursday. Darvish is set to start April 9 at home in a series opener against Seattle, a night before closer-turned-starter Neftali Feliz makes his first major league start against the Mariners.
"Wherever and whenever I'm told to pitch, I'll just do my best," said Darvish, who likely will face fellow Japanese standout Ichiro Suzuki in his debut. "That's all I'm thinking about right now."
Right-hander Colby Lewis will make his first opening day start April 6 against the Chicago White Sox. Left-handers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison are scheduled to start the final two games of that opening home series.
The 25-year-old Darvish was 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA the past seven seasons in Japan's Pacific League. The Rangers committed more than $107 million to get the 6-foot-5 right-hander.
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