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Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game against the Astros before No. 9 hitter Marwin Gonzalez ruined things with a solid single up the middle on a first-pitch fastball. His pitch count having reached 111, which is pretty high for early April, Darvish was removed after he gave up the hit to Gonzalez. Darvish was fantastic all night and racked up a career-high 14 strikeouts. This looks like the year Darvish could establish himself as a legitimate ace.
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Baseball is back! The 2013 season has begun and it did so with style! If Monday is any indication, we are headed for a big year by some big arms — and some big-name rookies. While most baseball fans might have been waiting to see how many strikeouts Stephen Strasburg would record in Washington's opener on Monday, Bryce Harper hit two home runs in his first two at-bats and the day ended with Felix Hernandez throwing a gem in Oakland. Here are some other headlines from a banner Opening Day!