Darvish ‘not worthy’ of All-Star gig

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Rangers right-hander says he isn’t deserving despite 10-4 record

McClatchy news servicesJune 30, 2012 

Yu Darvish said he’s probably “not worthy” of being an All-Star in his first season in the major leagues, despite his 10-4 record with the Texas Rangers.

The Japanese standout said Friday, two days before the All-Star teams will be announced, that he personally doesn’t feel like he’s an All-Star. And he said any talk of him starting for the American League squad is “totally out of context.”

Darvish was a five-time All-Star and two-time Pacific League MVP over the past seven seasons in Japan.

The Rangers paid more than $107 million to sign the 25-year-old right-hander last winter.

Darvish was tied for the AL lead with 10 wins and had a 3.57 ERA. He had 106 strikeouts and 50 walks in 952/3 innings.

JETER PASSES RIPKEN

Derek Jeter hit a leadoff double in the first inning Friday night against the Chicago White Sox for his 3,185th hit, moving past Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the career list.

Jeter, 38, grew up watching the former Baltimore shortstop and has often been likened to the Hall of Famer.

After the hit, the New York Yankees released a statement from Ripken:

“I hope that he continues to play and continues to give all of us baseball fans great memories,” Ripken said.

Next up for Jeter on the career hits list is Nap Lajoie at 3,252.

NEW DEAL FOR DOUMIT

The Minnesota Twins and catcher Ryan Doumit have agreed to a new $7 million, two-year contract.

The Twins had signed Doumit to a one-year deal during the offseason.

Doumit, 32, is hitting .271 with seven homers and 32 RBI in his first season with the Twins.

SKOLE OUT 50 GAMES

Texas Rangers prospect Jake Skole, a former first-round draft pick, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball’s minor league drug program.

Skole was selected No. 15 overall in the 2010 draft out of Blessed Trinity High School in suburban Atlanta. The 20-year-old outfielder, who plays for Class A Myrtle Beach, tested positive for an amphetamine.

SHORT HOPS

The Dodgers signed outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract, a record deal for a Cuban defector and a clear indication the team has rediscovered its traditional aggression in pursuing international players. ... The Giants purchased the contract of 12-year veteran right-hander Brad Penny from Triple-A Fresno to give them some bullpen depth. He takes the spot of Shane Loux, who landed on the 15-day DL after an MRI revealed he strained his neck during a workout Thursday. ... The Rangers put right-hander Mark Lowe, a former Seattle Mariner, on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained muscle in his right side and recalled right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock. … Right-handed pitcher Randy Wells, designated for assignment earlier this week by the Cubs, has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. ... The Rockies recalled right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned left-hander Edwar Cabrera to the Sky Sox two days after he struggled in his major league debut.

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